Stoloniferous Tulips

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:12:12 PDT
On 23 Apr 2013, at 14:34, James Waddick wrote:

>  This is the time of year I am reminded about the above topic, mostly du/e to T.
>  sylvestris. I wonder if anyone else has experience - not just catalog hype -
>  with stoloniferous tulips.
>  I think these are all stoloniferous
>  T. sylvestris
>  T. whitttallii
>  T. clusiana
>  T. bakeri ( according to google)
>  Does anyone have experience with any other species that spread out to form
>  patches of bulbs?

I have what is commonly called "Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'". It's a pest, 
spreading overly freely and at this time of year shading out lesser plants in 
the same bed.

Whether it's actually 'Lilac Wonder' I don't know, but the flower color is 
really a bright, strong pink with no hint of bluishness in it - hardly lilac.

Plant it where it can spread to its heart's content without interfering with 
other plants.

Tulipa sylvestris in a low, damp spot — standing water after heavy winter rains 
— where it multiplies like crazy but flowers very little. In another spot with 
better drainage, it flowers more freely, but I can't say if that patch has the 
same propensity to spread as does the water logged one.
Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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