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TULIPA batalinii

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International Flower Bulb Centre

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TULIPA batalinii

Plant Common Name

Batalin's Tulip, Species Tulip

General Description

One of a host of charming little tulips from the mountains of Central Asia, this hardy bulbous perennial bears creamy yellow flowers in early to mid-spring.

Small conical bulbs give rise to clumps of gray-green, wavy-edged, strap-shaped leaves in late winter or early spring. Each bulb is covered by a leathery, brown, wool-lined "tunic". Flowers are borne singly on ankle- to calf-high, sparsely leaved stems. Urn-shaped in dull weather, the flowers open wide on sunny days, exposing golden centers. After flowering the foliage remains, eventually yellowing and withering by late spring.

Grow this tulip in full sun and coarse fertile near-neutral soil, planting the bulbs in fall at a depth of several times their diameter. It tolerates drought during its summer dormancy. Plants do poorly in areas with hot damp summers, and require winter chilling to flower. Do not cut off leaves as they provide the nourishment for the bulbs. This short, easy-to-perennialize tulip is perfect for rock gardens, perennial borders, and sunny banks. Plant it in groups for a splash of color. Several widely available cultivars are attributed to this species, including 'Bright Gem' and 'Red Gem'.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4"-12" / 10.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No