Plant Picks

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8:08pm
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WHAT: Species tulips, including the Tulipa Violacea group, will naturalize and return year after year.

This variety has gray-green leaves 4- to 6-inches long, and it produces star-shaped pinkish-purple flowers with a black base inside the throat.

WHERE: This tulip is cold hardy, but it does not need a long cold period in order to bloom.

It prefers full-sun locations, thrives in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant.

Plant bulbs about 4 inches deep in mid-October, adding some bulb fertilizer.

After it blooms, allow the plant to die back naturally.

WHY: This tulip is well-suited to Pacific Northwest gardens. It’s perfect for rock gardens or gravel strips.

SIZE: It will spread to about .5 feet wide.


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