Tulipa clusiana

lady tulip

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

If you are searching for a tulip that will return year after year then Tulipa clusiana is for you. Of special note, the Lady Tulip has a deep pink and white striped flower, a color combination not found on other wildflower tulips. Tulipa clusiana has 2 to 5 linear, glaucous, gray-green leaves 6-inches long. Its star-shaped flowers are 4-inches across with rounded bases and are produced singularly or in pairs and are 10 to 12 inches tall. This tulip is stoloniferous, spreading by underground roots to form larger colonies with each passing year. Tulipa clusiana 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. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 10

Flower Color: white, pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold

Great Color Partners: red, yellow, dark green

Culture Notes
Tulipa clusiana grows best in well-drained soils without summer water, in full sun. It is ideally suited for rock gardens or gravel strips. The Lady Tulip should be planted about 4-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 dieback naturally so all its energy goes back into the bulb. Tulipa clusiana is very drought tolerant once established.