A tulip that will spread to form a clump, Tulipa saxatilis not only has beautiful flowers it also has an interesting growth habit.
This is a species that spreads slowly by underground stolons or runners, so over time it forms a nice large clump. The rate of spread is slow and in our garden it is in no way invasive.
Originally from Crete and Rhodes, it will survive hot summers and grows well in a little shade as well as full sun.
- Dig the soil over well or in a container use a good quality potting soil or compost.
- Plant the bulbs at 10 – 15 cm deep in well drained soil.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Top dress each year with some well rotted compost.
- Water during dry periods over spring to summer.
This is tulip that spreads by underground stolons, it can also be propagated from seed. When dormant you can dig and divide the clump, best done after the foliage has died right back near the end of summer.
- Botanical Name – Tulipa saxatilis
- Common Name – Candia Tulip, Lilac Wonder.
- Family – Liliaceae
- Position – Full to part sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Well drained with some moisture.
- Height – To around .2 metres (8 inches).
- Spread – To around 8cm 3 inches.
- Flowers – Lilac petals with a yellow centre.
- Flowering time – Spring.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Medium
Tulipa saxatilis is available for sale from the following nurseries
In Melbourne try –
GENTIANA NURSERY – 03 9751 2163
Olinda Monbulk Rd. Olinda.