Tulipa humilis

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 humilis has 2 to 5 linear, glaucous, gray-green leaves 6-inches long. Its star-shaped flowers are 3-inches across with rounded bases and are produced singularly or in pairs. Tulipa humilis is variable in flower color from pale pink to magenta with a dark marking in the base of the throat. Tulipa humilis 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: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: This tulip is good in combination with later perennials. Planted in between they give a burst of early color and then the perennials cover the dying foliage.

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: pink, purple, cream

Culture Notes
Tulipa humilis 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-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 humilis is very drought tolerant once established.