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Tulipa greigii

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TOO-li-pa GREEG-ee-eye
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Greigii Tulips are colorful spring bulb in the lily family. These tulips are shorter to about 1 foot tall with up to 3 blooming stems per plant. They bloom in early spring and the purple-maroon streaks on foliage are an important feature for this species. Plant bulbs in the fall for a spring display. Tulips generally decline yearly when exposed to temperatures above 70 degrees F. They work best when grouped and mass planted. Variegation is due to a viral infection so patterns vary greatly.

Quick ID

  • Foliage is streaked with purple or maroon
  • Single cup-shaped flower with alternate, clasping leaves

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Cape Cod'
    Red and yellow stripes
  • 'Red Riding Hood'
    bright scarlet blooms with small black heart inside
  • 'Rob Verlinden'
    Bright red
  • 'Toronto'
    Pink flowers
'Cape Cod', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Rob Verlinden', 'Toronto'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#many colors#variegated leaves#mass planting#multicolored#fantz#spring flowering bulbs#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Cape Cod'
    Red and yellow stripes
  • 'Red Riding Hood'
    bright scarlet blooms with small black heart inside
  • 'Rob Verlinden'
    Bright red
  • 'Toronto'
    Pink flowers
'Cape Cod', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Rob Verlinden', 'Toronto'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#many colors#variegated leaves#mass planting#multicolored#fantz#spring flowering bulbs#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tulipa
    Species:
    greigii
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Turkistan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers come in many colors or are multicolored, cup-shaped, erect; tepals 6, to 7 inches, free, in 2 whorls, marked basally with black or red rhombic blotch; stigma 3-lobed, prominent.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are simple, alternate, lanceolate-oblong to lanceolate, acute, entire, clasping, usually reflexed, glaucous streaked with brownish-maroon above, 12 x 6 inches.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Pink
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stem is green, often tinged pink or brown, densely pubescent, to 18 inches.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    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