Tulipa sylvestris

species tulip

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Outstanding Qualities

The great thing about species tulips is the fact that they will naturalize and return year after year. Tulipa sylvestris has 2 to 4 linear, glaucous, gray-green leaves 6 to 8 inches long. Its star-shaped flowers are 4-inches across with rounded bases and are produced singularly or small clusters. Tulipa sylvestris has a yellow flower with a green rib on the outside of the bloom. This tulip is very cold hardy but does not need an extended cold period to bloom which makes it well suited for the Pacific Northwest.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant in combination with later perennials giving a burst of early color and then the perennials will cover the dying foliage.

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: pink, purple, cream

Culture Notes
Tulipa sylvestris grows best in well drained soils without summer water, in full sun. It is ideally suited for rock gardens or gravel strips. This species tulip should be planted about 4 to 6 inches deep in mid October before the heavy rains of November begin. Add a bit of bulb fertilizer when planting. After blooming, allow the plant to die back naturally so all its energy goes back into the bulb. Tulipa sylvestris is very drought tolerant once established.