Exotic Species Tulips

By Charlie Nardozzi

Tulips are treasured flowers, yet the bulbs have a reputation for becoming less vigorous every year and hard to naturalize. For those looking for a more carefree tulip, the species or botanical tulips have much to offer. This group of bulbs features attractive yet smaller flowers on shorter plants, plus many types come back year after year and spread over time.

Some species tulips have unique flower colors and shapes as well. Tulipa humilis 'Alba Coerulea Oculata' grows only 6 to 8 inches tall, producing exquisite white flowers with steel blue centers in mid-spring.

'Lady Jane' offers two flower colors in one tulip. When the flower is closed, its color is pink with a stripe of white along the edge of the petals. When it opens during a sunny afternoon, the pure white center is fully revealed. 'Lady Jane' grows only 10 inches tall and blooms in late spring.

For more information about these tulips, go to: Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

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