TOW favorite pink

Jane McGary
Fri, 13 Aug 2004 13:06:11 PDT
Jim wrote,
>Incidentally, [Tulipa saxatilis] it is by no means the only fragrant 
>tulip. This year I grew
>Tulipa polychroma for the first time and was very impressed with the
>fragrance. I don't know if that one will persist in northern California,
>but another readily available species, Tulipa sylvestris, might, and it too
>is nicely fragrant.

Most varieties of Tulipa humilis have a lovely fragrance that carries well, 
and some are fairly pink, though more on the magenta end of it.

I never noticed fragrance in T. sylvestris, probably because it's usually 
cold here when it flowers in the garden. In winter I usually notice 
fragrance only in the bulb frame, and the only tulips I grow there are 
those I've grown from seed, because I find the purchased ones too likely to 
introduce diseases.

That reminds me of another pink tulip, which I posted on the wiki last 
spring: Tulipa cretica, shown growing in the bulb frame, raised from 
Archibalds' seed.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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