Was Amana changed to 'weedy tulips'

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:36:23 PDT
Jim Waddisk asked

>         I am wondering if anyone has similar experience with Tulips 
> that are stoloniferous and run about the garden. I clearly NEED 
> MORE of these and am open to suggestions. I have tried T. sprengeri 
> repeatedly after hearing of its weedy self seeding tendencies, but 
> it has had no willingness to run amok in my garden conditions.

Tulipa sylvestris, which I think is hardy enough for Jim's area, is 
stoloniferous. Tulipa sprengeri does not self-sow for me in Oregon, 
but I collect the seed and grow it easily in pots for moving to the 
garden later. I think T. clusiana is also a spreader, at least it was 
in my mother's garden in California, but it may not be so cold-hardy. 
I have a tulip from the Archibalds' collections in western Iran, 
which I have tentatively identified as Tulipa montana, and it 
increases fast in the bulb house; I'll probably try it outside next year.

I have written a review of "The Genus Tulipa" by Diana Everett for 
our newsletter, The Bulb Garden. This volume in the Kew Monographs 
series is beautifully produced but, as detailed in the forthcoming 
review, does not clarify the classification as much as one would 
hope. Still, it should be in the library of anyone with a strong 
interest in species Tulipa.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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