Perennial tulips

Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 28 Apr 2003 21:26:25 PDT
On 22 Apr 03 at 16:46, Jane McGary wrote:

> A delightful tulip species that is not seen much in North American
> gardens is T. sprengeri, which flowers very late, usually in June
> here. It is a medium-sized bright red one that is apparently
> difficult to propagate in the usual way; I believe it makes very
> tiny offsets, perhaps on stolons. Seed is readily available,
> however, and I've raised a few that way.

Beware. Tulipa sprengeri, if it likes your conditions, will become a 
near-weed. It's one of those bulbs that sets copious seed and every 
last one seems to come up. Moreover, the mature flowering size bulbs 
go down a long way, so they're very hard to dig up if they're in the 
wrong place.

OTOH, it's very beautiful, a unique colour, as the books say "glowing 
currant red."

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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