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Calochortus tolmiei (Tolmie Star-Tulip)

Tolmie Star-Tulip, Hairy Star Tulip, Pussy-Ears, Tolmie's Star-tulip, White Pussy Ears, Calochortus caeruleus var. maweanus, Calochortus coeruleus var. maweanus, Calochortus elegans var. lobbii, Calochortus maweanus, Calochortus purdyi


Noted for its unique blooms, Calochortus tolmiei (Tolmie Star-Tulip) is a charming perennial bulb boasting one or more bell-shaped white flowers delicately tinged with lavender or purple and silken hairs on the inner surfaces. They may be fringed with long hairs as well. Blooming from mid-spring to mid-summer, the blossoms are borne atop erect, slender stems. The blue-green basal leaves are born singly and can extend past the flowering stem. Native to the west coast of the United States, Tolmie Star-Tulip is found in scree and coastal meadows at low to moderate elevations, on flats and slopes, in mixed conifer forests, and from deep shade to sun. It requires well-drained soil and adds interest to perennial borders, wildflower meadows, rock gardens, and woodland gardens.

  • Grows up to 4-12 in. high (10-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in sandy or loamy, dry, well-drained soils. Requires no water once established. Drought tolerant.
  • Avoid overwatering this plant and cut off dead leaves.
  • Keep an eye out for flies, beetles, aphids, mites, and thrips.
  • Plant your bulbs with this end down 5 in. deep (7-10 cm) and 6 in. apart (15 cm).
  • Propagate by seed. Sow as soon as ripe or early spring in a cold frame in a very sharply draining medium. Stratification may be helpful. Germination usually takes place within 1-6 months. Bulbs frequently divide after flowering, the bulblets taking 2 years to reach flowering size.
  • Native to the west coast of the United States: Washington, Oregon, and northern California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4" – 1' (10cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Depth 5" (12cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4" – 1' (10cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Depth 5" (12cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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