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TULIPA clusiana

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International Flower Bulb Centre

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TULIPA clusiana

Plant Common Name

Lady Tulip, Species Tulip

General Description

Lady tulip is a herbaceous bulb native to Central Asia and naturalized across southern Europe. In spring, it bears elegantly pointed white or yellow flowers with vertical bands of red, purple, or pink on its outer petals/tepals. Several distinct cultivars are available, such as 'Cynthia', which has butter yellow flowers with rose marks on the outer tepals.

Provide this tulip with full sun and average to fertile soil with good drainage. It is one of the few tulips that naturalizes well and thrives and flowers in coastal California, the southeastern United States, and other areas with mild winters. Use in rock gardens, mixed borders, or naturalistic plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Turkey, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • 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

    Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No