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Tulipa humilis 'Odalisque' (15)

tulip 'Odalisque'

tulip 'Odalisque'

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  • Other common names tulip 'Odalisque'

  • Synonyms Tulipa pulchella 'Odalisque'

  • Family Liliaceae

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

  • Horticultural Group Miscellaneous tulips include all species and hybrids not otherwise classified

  • Details 'Odalisque' is a bulbous perennial, 10-15cm high, with linear leaves and flowers in early to mid spring. Pointed-tipped tepals are purplish-pink with a darker band on the outside and yellow bases

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity Harmful if eaten, and may cause skin allergy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Plant 15-20cm deep from mid-autumn to late autumn, in a rock garden or in containers, in fertile, preferably neutral or alkaline soil that is free-draining but also able to hold moisture when the bulbs are in full growth, in full sun and with shelter from strong winds; in summer, remove old yellow foliage, and keep soil dry; for more advice, see tulip cultivation

Propagation Propagate by division of offsets, re-planting the larger bulbs and growing on the smaller bulbs in a nursery bed, or by bulb propagation

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Drought Resistant Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants Gravel Garden Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be affected by aphids, slugs, snails, and stem and bulb eelworms, and grey squirrels, mice and deer

Diseases May be affected by tulip fire disease, tulip grey bulb rot, and virus diseases; bulbs in storage may be affected by blue mould

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