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Kaufmanniana Tulips

Kaufmanniana Tulips, Waterlily Tulips, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers


Have you ever seen Kaufmanniana Tulips? If you have, no doubt you opted to plant them in your garden or your containers.

  • Growing in the wild in Turkistan, they were introduced to Europe in 1877 by the Dutch firm of Van Tubergen. Their flower petals are creamy-white inside, running over to pink-red on the outside with a very obvious yellow basal spot. Gorgeous cultivars have been developed from this species over the years. This breeding has resulted in larger flowers, noted for their brightly contrasting colors.
  • The flowers open wide during the sunny hours of the day providing an entirely different color effect than when closed. The flower shape also changes dramatically; when open they resemble a shining star. The foliage is quite attractive too. A beautiful sight on display in the early spring garden!
  • Blooming in superb combinations of red, rose and golden yellow, these showy prima donnas are low growers at 6-12 inches tall (15-30 cm).
  • They naturalize easily and come back year after year to our delight! They create dazzling harmonies with other bulbs such as crocus.
  • Perform best in full sun in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefer areas with cool winters and warm dry summers.
  • Easy to grow, these tulips are welcomed additions to beds, borders, containers, rock gardens or for naturalizing in grass. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 5 to 10 bulbs) or mixed with any other flowering bulbs.
  • To be planted in fall.

A symbol of spring, tulips are the most popular spring bulbs and most gardeners reserve them a spot in the garden or in containers. Grown for their attractive, vibrantly colored flowers, there are currently over 3,000 registered varieties, which are divided into fifteen groups, mostly based on the flower type, size and blooming period of the tulip.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Tulipa - Tulips
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Height 6" - 1' (15cm - 30cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Tulipa - Tulips
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Height 6" - 1' (15cm - 30cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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