Tulipa tarda

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 tarda has 2 to 7 linear, spear-shaped, gray-green leaves to 5 inches long. Its star-shaped flowers are 3-inches across with rounded bases and are produced singularly or in clusters of 4 to 6. Tulipa tarda has a white flower with a yellow center with white tips. 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: 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: white

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 tarda 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 die back naturally so all its energy goes back into the bulb. Tulipa tarda is very drought tolerant once established.