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Tulipa turkestanica (15)
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Turkestan tulip

T. turkestanica is a bulbous perennial to 30cm in height, with narrow, greyish-green leaves and racemes of up to 12 star-shaped white flowers 3-5cm in width, showing deep yellow at the base, flushed reddish-green on the outside

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green White Yellow Green Grey Silver
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause severe discomfort following ingestion, may cause an allergic skin reaction. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Tulipa are bulbous perennials with characteristic flowers, in a wide range of colours, in spring

Name status

Correct

Horticultural Group
Miscellaneous tulips include all species and hybrids not otherwise classified
Plant range
C Asia

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 10 to 15cm deep in fertile, well-drained soil. Protect from excessive wet and shelter from strong winds. See tulip cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by lifting and separating offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
Pruning

Deadhead after flowering

Pests

Can be damaged by slugs, aphids and stem and bulb eelworm; squirrels may eat the bulbs

Diseases

May be subject to tulip fire and bulb rots

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