The Turkestan tulip is an absolute gem of a plant. It’s not shy to flower, with each stem producing as many as twelve flower buds at a time (from established bulbs – this may not happen in the first year). The star shaped flowers even have a soft perfume. The colour ranges from antique cream to pure white with an orange or yellow centre and occasional pink or green blush to the petal reverse.
Tulipa turkestanica holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit so you know it will be reliable and garden worthy.
Turkestan Tulip foliage is narrow, and bluish-green. Turkestan Tulip is a good choice for warmer climates as it doesn’t need the cold winter to set flower. You will need to ensure the soil has good drainage because the bulbs tend to rot if left to sit in water.
Species Tulips have a more relaxed or whimsical feel than the common hybridized varieties. Species Tulips are ideal for rock gardens, lawn plantings, pots or towards the front of a border.
If planted in a well drained soil in a spot that does not get too hot over summer then the bulbs can be left in the ground for many years where they will multiply at a moderate rate.
Very early season
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade