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Bellflower Tulip, Fringed Tulip
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Edges of the petal-like tepals pink Bellflower tulip look like whitish hoarfrost. A hybrid selection, 'Bellflower' was developed by breeder Seger Brothers and introduced in 1970. Perched on thigh-high, towering stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). Tepal bases are medium pink and gradate to pale pink and finally white at the tip fringe. A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. It flowers late-season, roughly in mid- to late spring depending on local climate.
Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.
Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and require average to fertile soil with good drainage. Leave the lower foliage of perennial tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar/species dependent, but most require at least two months of chilly soil conditions across winter in order to bloom in spring.
Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers. Because of its tall stems, exceptional in tall vases, 'Bellflower' is not the best option to force in containers because of potential for toppling.
7 - 1
3 - 8
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
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Spring, Late Spring
White, Pink, Light Pink
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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