Named for its place of origin, Turkey, award-winning Tulip turkestanica is a wild-looking species with gray-green leaves and up to 12 star-shaped, white flowers borne on 10-inch stems (25 cm). While appearing white at first glance, the flowers are actually flushed greenish-gray or greenish-pink on the outside, with centers shaded yellow or orange around brown or purple stamens and purple-tipped yellow anthers. These are quite attractive little fragrant flowers indeed! A beautiful sight! Flowering in early spring, this tulip is a member of the Botanical Tulips and is quite versatile in the garden.
- Growing up to 10 inches tall (25 cm), this tulip naturalizes easily and will come back year after year!
- Awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
- Performs best in full sun in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
- Easy to grow, this tulip is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, rock gardens or naturalized (grassy) areas. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 15 bulbs).
- To be planted in fall.
- Eating may cause severe discomfort and may cause a skin allergy.
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.
Botanical Tulips: it is generally assumed that about 150 different wild species exist in an area running roughly from Central Asia to Spain and Portugal. Some of these 'real' species are cultivated on a modest level, but most are interesting only to certain tulip enthusiasts. Others, though, are attractive to the ordinary garden owner. It must be mentioned that the interest in wild species is increasing steadily - this phenomenon may have something to do with the fact that more and more wild plants are disappearing from our environment. Tulipa tarda was even pronounced 'Flower Bulb of the Year' in Holland in 1997, an award that definitely says something about its rising popularity. The bulbs, offered in sizes 6/8 to 8/10, are smaller than those of ordinary tulips and are very easy to naturalize.