Species Tulip Information – How To Grow Varieties Of Species Tulips

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

If you have never heard of them before, some species tulipinformation will get you started growing these unique flowers. Different fromthe typical hybridtulips with which most gardeners are familiar, species tulips are smaller, grow in rocky soils, and can actually naturalizein your garden under the right conditions.

What are Species Tulips?

Most tulipsyou’ll find for the garden are hybrids. Species tulips are un-hybridized andhave only recently become more widely available to gardeners. So how arespecies tulips different from hybrid tulips? There are several importantdistinctions:

  • Species tulips are smaller than hybrids.
  • The foliage of species tulips is more varied and interesting.
  • Species tulips are more perennial.
  • They produce multiple blooms per stem.
  • They will naturalize and spread in warm climates.

Varieties of Species Tulips

There are several varieties of species tulips that will giveyou a range of colors, foliage, and height for your beds or rockgardens:

  • Lady Tulip (Tulipa clusiana): This species tulip produces gorgeous, unique flowers that are pink on the outside and white on the inside with a red or purple star in the center.
  • Red Cross Tulip (Tulipa pulchella): Growing to just 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm.) tall, this diminutive tulip produces purple spring blooms.
  • Late Tulip (Tulipa tarda): Another tiny plant, this one produces star-shaped flowers in brilliant yellow with white tips.
  • Flax-Leaved Tulip (Tulipa linifolia): The flowers of this tulip are bright red, narrow, and pointed.
  • Candia Tulip (Tulipa saxatillis): Choose this one for a flower that naturalizes readily. The flowers are yellow at the base with lavender petals.
  • Unicom (Tulipa praestans ‘Unicum’): This is a variety with unique, variegated foliage. The flowers are bright orange.
  • Garden Tulip (Tulipa acuminate): The flowers of this tulip have long, narrow, pointed petals that are mostly yellow with bright red stripes.
  • Turkestan Tulip (Tulipa turkestanica): This plant produces creamy, white flowers, three to five per stem.

Growing Species Tulips

Although they are pretty tough, when growing species tulips,they do have some specific condition needs.

Soil must drain very well. Rockysoil is best. Amend your soil, if necessary, by adding sand or gravel. Thelocation should get full sun.

Plant bulbs as you would with hybrid tulips, to a depth of 5to 8 inches (13 to 20 cm.) and about 6 inches (15 cm.) apart.

After the flowers have bloomed, let the foliage stay inplace for about six weeks before cutting back. If you want the tulips tonaturalize or spread out to fill a bed, avoid deadheadingflowers and leave them in place.

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Seven species tulips to grow

Discover seven tough but beautiful species tulips to grow – they should come back reliably year after year.

Published: Tuesday, 27 August, 2019 at 3:33 pm

If you find tulips difficult to grow, you may find species tulips easier. These are quite unlike their large-flowered cousins, which dazzle in their first year, then all but disappear the next.

Species tulips are as reliable as daffodils and, while they’re shorter, smaller and seem more delicate, they’ve got the stamina for long-lived displays. Most species tulips hail from the mountainous regions of northern Turkey, so they can cope with extreme weather. With minimum care, they’ll flower year after year, and many will bulk up into clumps after a few years.

Like cultivars, species tulips prefer growing in free-draining soil in full sun. Plant them in drifts for swathes of colour, dot them around a rockery, or show off their blooms with decorative mulches in pots.

Discover seven stunning species tulips to grow, below.

Species Tulips

The Species Tulip or Wild Tulip, sometimes called the Botanical Tulip, is an amazingly diverse group found growing in the wild areas of Europe & Central Asia

above: Species tulips or wild tulips T. sylvestris, photo Wikipedia.

The Wild or Species Tulip
There has been a resurgence of interest in species tulips, going back to the "unimproved" forms of our garden flowers. They are best adapted to their native mountain gorges and rocky slopes, but many are suitable for pot cultivation or as rockery plants and are becoming more readily available from commercial suppliers.

Although species tulips are generally much smaller than their bolder garden hybrids, they are far from dull.

above: Species tulips or wild tulips T. tarda, photo Wikipedia. above: Species tulips or wild tulips T. turkestanica, photo Wikipedia.


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