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10 wild tulips to plant this fall

Learn about wild tulips that are suitable for harsher growing conditions.
  • Wild or species tulips are a special combination of toughness and charm, designed by nature to endure poor soil, frigid winters, and dry, hot summers.
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    Toughness and charm

    Wild or species tulips are a special combination of toughness and charm, designed by nature to endure poor soil, frigid winters, and dry, hot summers.

    In the home garden, these shorter, tougher tulips introduce a wildflower look to sunny spots where other plants might not thrive, including: rocky areas, along sidewalks and drives, at woodland edges and even in gravel – as long as the site has good drainage. 

    Christian Curless, horticulturist for Colorblends, suggests planting the following tulips this fall. 

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • The flower is a warm yellow-butterscotch color that gains glints of bronze over time.
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    Tulipa batalini ‘Bright Gem’

    The flower is a warm yellow-butterscotch color that gains glints of bronze over time. This short, sturdy tulip shines in more barren settings, and blooms later in the spring.

    Details: six-inches tall, blooms late spring, the species is native to the Pamir-Alay Mountains of Central Asia.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • The vivid violet-red flowers bloom close to the ground, their perfect oval shapes reminiscent of tiny colorful Easter eggs.
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    Tulipa humilis 'Violacea'

    The vivid violet-red flowers bloom close to the ground, their perfect oval shapes reminiscent of tiny colorful Easter eggs.

    Details: six-inches tall, blooms early spring, native to Iran and Turkey.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • Its soft, lemon yellow flowers are brushed with red on the outside of the petals.
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    Tulipa kolpakowskiana

    Its soft, lemon yellow flowers are brushed with red on the outside of the petals. When planted in full sun and soil that drains well, this tulip species can come back to bloom for several years.

    Details: four-inches tall, blooms early-mid spring, native to Kazakhstan.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • In the sun, its shiny, scarlet flowers open wide and create a starburst of red, centered on a jet black heart.
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    Tulipa linifolia

    In the sun, its shiny, scarlet flowers open wide and create a starburst of red, centered on a jet black heart.

    Details: eight-inches tall, blooms late spring, native to Central Asia.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • The flower petals are pure yellow, stroked with crimson on the outside.
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    Tulipa clusiana ‘Tubergen’s Gem’

    The flower petals are pure yellow, stroked with crimson on the outside. When warmed by the sun, the flowers open wide in bright, golden star-shapes.

    Details: six-inches tall, blooms mid-spring, native to Afghanistan and Tibet.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • Its lilac-pink flowers with deep yellow centers bob daintily in soft spring breezes, weathering hard rains and wind with equal aplomb.
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    Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’

    Its lilac-pink flowers with deep yellow centers bob daintily in soft spring breezes, weathering hard rains and wind with equal aplomb.

    Details: eight-inches tall, blooms mid-spring, native to Crete.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • A multi-flowering tulip with red-flecked, pumpkin-colored flowers that open wide in the sun to display blue-black stamens at the heart.
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    Tulipa praestans ‘Shogun’

    A multi-flowering tulip with red-flecked, pumpkin-colored flowers that open wide in the sun to display blue-black stamens at the heart.

    Details: 12-inches tall, blooms early mid-spring, the species is native to the Gissar Mountains of Tajikistan.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • A tiny tulip with orange flowers, brushed with flecks of deeper orange and red.
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    Tulipa ‘Little Princess’

    A tiny tulip with orange flowers, brushed with flecks of deeper orange and red. Inside, a blue-black heart edged in yellow anchors the six pointed orange petals.

    Details: four-inches tall, blooms mid-late spring, a Dutch hybrid of two wild tulips: Tulipa hageri(native to Crete) and T. aucheriana (native to Iran).

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • It is a stellar perennializer when planted in full sun and well-drained soil.
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    Tulipa tarda

    This is a multi-flowering tulip with bright yellow star-shaped flowers, edged in white. It is a stellar perennializer when planted in full sun and well-drained soil.

    Details: five-inches tall, blooms mid-spring, native to the Tien Shan Mountains bordering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014
  • This golden-eyed wildflower is particularly appealing in mass plantings where its sweet fragrance can be enjoyed.
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    Tulipa turkestanica

    A multi-flowering tulip that produces four to eight small white flowers per stem. This golden-eyed wildflower is particularly appealing in mass plantings where its sweet fragrance can be enjoyed.

    Details: eight inches tall, blooms early mid-spring, native to Turkestan.

    Date Published: August 11, 2014
    Date Updated: August 11, 2014

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