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Tulipa sprengeri (15) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort following ingestion; may cause an allergic skin reaction

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

Sprenger tulip

Family

Liliaceae


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

Miscellaneous tulips include all species and hybrids not otherwise classified

T. sprengeri is a bulbous perennial to 50cm, with glossy bright green leaves and solitary, goblet-shaped bright red flowers 5-6cm in length in early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant 10 to 15cm deep in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Protect from excessive wet and shelter from strong winds

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by lifting and separating offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow


How to care

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