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Burgundy Tulip, Lily-flowered Tulip
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A late-blooming lily-flowering cultivar, the hybrid tulip 'Burgundy' develops flowers that are very dark red to violet-burgundy. The flower shape is bulbous, with the pointed petal tips flaring outward. Perched atop extremely tall stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. The flowering display is shorter in regions with very warm springs.
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.
8 - 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
21"-24" / 53.3cm - 61.0cm
12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm
Spring, Late Spring
Burgundy, Dark Red, Violet
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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