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Tulipa hybrids

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TOO-li-pa hai-bruhdz
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Tulips are bulbous perennial herbs is a genus of about 100 species of perennial bulbs from Europe. They have cup-shaped flowers in various colors from plain to variegated. Bloom time varies by varieties but they are usually April to May. Tulips are divided into 15 divisions based on flower shape and origin.

Plant 4-5 inches deep and 2-5 inches apart in well-drained organically rich fertile soil in full sun. Most hybrids require a cold period that NC can not provide and are best grown as annuals. They prefer an area with cool summers and dry winters.

Great used in a border, containers, edging for pathways or masse planted.

Problems include bulb rot, aphids, slugs and Squirrels who like to dig up the bulbs

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Cottage Garden, Storybook Backyard Patio Sun and Shade Demo Garden, Buncombe County Fairy Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#many colors#cut flowers#mass planting#cpp#edging#borders#spring interest#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#black walnut toxicity tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#many colors#cut flowers#mass planting#cpp#edging#borders#spring interest#HS302#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#black walnut toxicity tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tulipa
    Species:
    hybrids
    Family:
    Lilaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Middle East And Asia
    Edibility:
    Cooked bulbs were reported to be eaten during times of war and starvation.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Single, erect, 6-parted, cup-shaped to star-shaped flowers, of various colors, sizes and shapes. Many have black anthers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green to blue-green strap-like leaves that vary per species. They are lanceolate in shape with smooth margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Straight green smooth stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    English 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:
    Stomach pain, salivation, sweating, depression, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Skin irritation with tingling, redness, blisters, and cracks, either immediately or after a delay from contact, and may spread away from the point of contact; an allergic reaction. Highest concentration of toxin in bulb.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Tulipalin, a phytoalexin; allergins; glycoprotein.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Roots
    Stems