The Turkestan tulip is an absolute gem of a plant. It’s not shy to flower, with each bulb producing as many as twelve flower buds at a time (from established bulbs – this may not happen in the first year, but they average five or six and that ‘ain't bad).
The star shaped flowers even have a soft perfume, though you have to get up close and personal with them. The colour ranges from antique cream to pure white with an orange or yellow centre and occasionally a pink or green blush to the petal reverse. Each bloom is around 5cm across and followed by a decorative seedpod.
Tulipa turkestanica holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit so you know it will be reliable and garden worthy. It multiplies fairly readily and will clump faster with removal of the spent flowers.
Turkestan Tulip foliage is narrow, undulating and bluish-green. Initially upright, it relaxes as the flowers open, as if taking a breath and then relaxing down towards the ground.
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. They are native to stony clay slopes so don’t demand too much soil wise.
Species Tulips have a more relaxed or whimsical feel than the common hybridized varieties. And are ideal for rock gardens, lawn plantings, pots or towards the front of a border.
Supplied as: Bulbs
Very early season
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade