Weedy Tulips

Joey Russell rjrussell@cot.net
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:56:51 PDT

I have also planted and am enjoying T. sylvestris  and T. whittallii this 
year thanks to James Waddick's suggestion.  Thank-you again for brightening 
my spring!  This is only the first year so my hope is they will creep along 
as suggested.  T. clusiana will be on the list for this year! I'll keep my 
eyes open for other suggestions as well.  I'm hauling soil to raise beds 
trying to create better drainage like crazy!

Joey Russell
No. CA, Siskiyou County zone 6 where it is zone 7 this year because all the 
weather is in the eastern part of the US!  It seems that March came in like 
a lamb and is going out like one too.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Fred Biasella
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:08 AM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: Re: [pbs] Weedy Tulips

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 

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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