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Fosteriana Tulip, Purissima Tulip, White Emperor Tulip
The large white bowl-shaped blooms of this relatively tall Fosteriana tulip will brighten any border. They are borne singly atop 18-inch (45-cm) stems in early spring. An heirloom variety introduced in 1943, 'Purissima' formerly went by the name 'White Emperor.' Longer lived than many other hybrid tulips, it is nevertheless sometimes treated as an annual.
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 (including 'Purissima') require winter chill to bloom.
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. 'Purissima' also works well for winter forcing.
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
16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm
4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm
Early Spring, Spring
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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