Tulipa saxitalis

Cliff Tulip

Not just a Dutch treat, Tulips are an essential part of a spring garden. Named because their overlapping petals look like a turban, they offer many flower colors, heights, bloom times and forms. Of the 15 different classes of Tulips, popular are the stately 'Darwins', the whimsical 'Lily-flowered', the multi-flowered 'Cottages', the striped and streaked 'Rembrandts', the feathery 'Parrots' and the dwarf 'Greigii' varieties. There are early-, mid-, or late-blooming varieties, so careful planning provides weeks of bloom. Use modern hybrids in formal beds with Daffodils, Hyacinths, Sweet Allysum or Forget-Me-Nots. Species and dwarf-growing tulips are excellent for open woodland and rock gardens. All can be grown in containers. Some are grown indoors in winter. Excellent cut flowers. Most tulips do best in cold winter climates (Zones 3 to 7). Treat as annuals in warmer areas. Plant in fall. In warm winter areas, bulbs should be given a cold treatment at 40º F in a refrigerator for several weeks before planting. Gophers and mice eat these bulbs, so plant in ¾-inch mesh wire baskets. Watch for aphids.
Tulipa saxitalis, Cliff Tulip
With full sun and excellent drainage, this tulip does well in warm winter climates. A dwarf species, its pale lilac flowers have a yellow blotch at the base. Each stem produces 1 to 4 scented flowers, 1½ to 2¼ inches long, tapered at the base. Flowers open nearly flat.

Attributes - Tulipa saxitalis

Plant Type: Bulb

Bloom Season: Early Spring through Mid Spring

Flower Color: Lavender, Pink

Height: 6 in. to 1 ft. 6 in.

Width: 8 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids, Root Rot, Spider Mites.

Related Plants

Tulipa 'Angelique', Tulipa 'Apeldoorn Elite', Tulipa 'Apricot Beauty', Tulipa 'Darwin Hybrid', Tulipa 'Garden Party', Tulipa 'Mixed Parrot', Tulipa 'Queen of Night', Tulipa 'Queen of Sheba', Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood', Tulipa 'Rembrandt Mixed', Tulipa Double Flowering, Tulipa Lily Flowering
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