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Fosteriana Tulips Tulipa fosteriana

Phonetic Spelling
TOO-li-pa fos-ter-ee-AY-nuh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A wild species of tulips found in the mountains of Central Asia.  It is not cultivated any longer but several of its cultivars are very popular.  Plant the bulbs at a depth of 4-7", 4" apart in the fall for a beautiful spring show. Blooms in early spring and has a black 'eye' and rounded tepals. Tulips generally decline yearly when exposed to temperatures above 70 degrees F. They are best when grouped and mass planted. Variegation is due to a viral infection so patterns vary greatly.

Quick ID

  • Single cup-shaped flower with alternate, clasping leaves
  • Flower has black eye, black anthers
  • Tepals are rounded at apex

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Exotic Emperor'
    Double white flower
  • 'Madame Lefeber'
    Red flowers
  • 'Orange Emperor'
    Orange flower
  • 'Red Emperor'
    Red poppy-like flowers
  • 'Yellow Purissam'
    Yellow flowers
'Exotic Emperor', 'Madame Lefeber', 'Orange Emperor', 'Red Emperor', 'Yellow Purissam'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#spring flowers#mass planting#flower arrangements#naturalizes#rock gardens#borders#beds#fantz#small group plantings#spring flowering bulbs#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Exotic Emperor'
    Double white flower
  • 'Madame Lefeber'
    Red flowers
  • 'Orange Emperor'
    Orange flower
  • 'Red Emperor'
    Red poppy-like flowers
  • 'Yellow Purissam'
    Yellow flowers
'Exotic Emperor', 'Madame Lefeber', 'Orange Emperor', 'Red Emperor', 'Yellow Purissam'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#spring flowers#mass planting#flower arrangements#naturalizes#rock gardens#borders#beds#fantz#small group plantings#spring flowering bulbs#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tulipa
    Species:
    fosteriana
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are red, orange, yellow, white or variegated, cup-shaped, erect, faintly scented; tepals 6, to 7 inches, rounded, free, in 2 whorls, marked basally with black fan-shaped or 2-3 pointed blotch, edged yellow; anthers black; stigma 3-lobed, prominent.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are simple, alternate, lanceolate-ovate, acute, clasping, entire, glossy gray-green, sometimes striped or mottled, 12 x 6 in.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are green but tinged pink, 6-20 inches.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation. Highest concentration of toxin in bulb.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Tulipalin A and B
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No