Weedy Tulips

Fred Biasella arlen.jose@verizon.net
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:08:36 PDT
Hi Jim,

T. clusiana is a great candidate. I have had this very pretty tulip in my garden along the sunnier side of my garden, for many years and it seems like every year it creeps along a little bit further. Just the other day I was able to finally enter the garden from the incredible snow we've had and there they are, poking their little heads out of the ground. Hopefully father winter will cut the $%&# and let spring behave like spring so they can bloom before it gets too warm.

Warm Regards,
Cambridge (Boston) MA
USDA Zone 6...that felt more like Siberia this year!!

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:40 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Weedy Tulips

Dear PBSers,

	I have written on this topic before seeking news and help. It is always nice when you can pick you weeds. 

	Most large flowered tulips are simply deer food here, but a couple of species have proven to be regular bloomers and very happy weeds. 

	Tulipa sylvestris runs rampantly in the shade, but less so in sun and blooms reliably. It also out grows deer damage and manages to produce random flowers. 

	Tulips whittallii is a more recent addition from Jim McK’s suggestion. It too runs happily and blooms in sun. I am not as fond of its duller terracotta colored flowers as I am of T. sylvestris bright yellow.

	Most other tulips that manage to survive remain as tight clumps. 

	So I am wondering if any one has experience with stoloniferous tulips that run around the garden, bloom regularly and are hardy to Zone 5/6. I know I am asking a lot.

	Thanks for suggestions.		Jim W. 

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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