Dwarf Tulipa Gallery
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gallery depicts a selection of dwarf Tulipa species and cultivars. It is a
rewarding group of plants that deserves more attention than it typically gets,
number of selections suitable for the front of the border or the rock
garden. I am
finding that the species tulips, are long lived, increasing, and flower reliably
year, as opposed to the well known reputation of fancy bedding Tulips that
short-lived and dwindle in vigor in a few years and must be replanted. I hope
this gallery, showing a small sampling of good Tulipa species, encourages
rock gardeners to try growing one or more dwarf Tulipa species.
Click on these thumbnail images
to see larger, more complete images.
Each link leads to a mini-gallery of 2 or more larger photos.
|Tulipa tarda - perhaps avoided as
overly common, but that shouldn't be
so, as this is a first rate dwarf tulip
that will naturalize into a fine patch
of neat greenery, studded with
cheery yellow and white flowers.
Tulipa 'Little Princess'
- A cross
between two dwarf species tulips,
this one is one is perhaps my favorite
of all dwarf tulips... an indescribable
blend of colors, and those oversized
black anthers add so much pizzazz.
Tulipa polychroma -
It's a toss-up
between the previous hybrid, and this
sublime species, for my absolute
favorite tulip. This early flowering
tulip is very dwarf, refined, and an
exquisite white-tinged-olive tone,
with subtle hints of rose on the outer
petals. The fragrance is heavenly.
Tulipa batalinii -
It is said the
pure species is barely known in
cultivation, but it is indeed a valid
species in the Clusianae section.
Hybrids with the allied T. linifolia
have evidently given rise to a number
of hybrids, such as 'Bronze Charm'
Tulipa batalinii 'Bronze
reportedly a hybrid with T. linifolia,
this lovely cultivar is one of many
named selections (hybrids) of
T. balatiniii. All are delightful
miniature species to brighten up
the rock garden.
Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac
This tulip is perhaps the best known
of the smaller tulips, and certainly
useful to decorate spring plantings.
When buying Holland bulbs from the
bins at local nursery centers, this
tulip is often mixed in with other tulip
Tulipa humilis -
The name 'humilis'
covers a number of species,
depending on one's vantage point. It
has similar coloration to T. bakeri,
but is much earlier flowering, with
smaller, more refined in growth. A
large number of cultivar of this
species are available.
Tulipa stellata ssp.
Typically sold simply as chrysantha,
and sometimes placed as a variety
of T. clusiana, latest taxonomic
opinion places it as a subspecies of
T. stellata. It's a brilliant dwarf
species for the rock garden or edge
Tulipa linifolia (blazing red) and
Tulipa stellata ssp.
(yellow and red) - Since I planted
these two species side by side, and
they flower at the same time, I have
included a couple views of this
hot color coupling.
Tulipa linifolia -
This is a fabulous
little species with blazing red flowers
that open flat, revealing a small, jet-
black center. Only 4" tall (10 cm)
in bloom. The petals has a satiny
sheen that reflects the sun.
All photos by Mark McDonough.
A few links to Tulipa sources
Paige Woodward's Pacific Rim
Nursery has many bulb photos, including
a selection of Tulipa bulbs, all of which can be ordered on-line.
Odyssey Bulbs is a good source for a
large number of
Van Tubergen Bulb company:
a small selection of Tulipa available.
Fraser's Thimble Farms, BC Canada
- a fairly good selection of Tulipa.
(go to Bulbs, then select "species Tulips")
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