PlantsTulips→Species Tulip (Tulipa humilis var. violacea 'Black Base')

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Tulipa humilis var. violacea Accepted
Tulipa violacea Synonym

Also sold as:
Tulipa pulchella 'Violacea Black Base'

Data specific to Tulips (Edit)
Division: Div. 15: Misc. & Species (Botanical)
Country of Origin: Turkey
Spring Bloom Season: Early
Special Classifications: Single-flowered

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Violet-red
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Takes about 6 years from seed to flower.
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner

The longer these tulips are in the ground, the more the red tips

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 15, 2013 6:38 PM

Love these tiny blooms on this species tulip. It blooms very early, right after the crocus. And they really look like crocus also except that no crocus flowers come in this hot pink violet color.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 5, 2014 11:18 PM

Inspired by Newyorkrita's pictures, I planted some of these tulip bulbs last fall and couldn't wait to see the flowers in spring. I couldn't believe how stunningly gorgeous the color is! Rita is "spot on"! The color is "hot pink violet"! Rita was able to capture the color. The color is best seen in person. One has to grow these beauties to see the exact, "unbelievable," beautiful shade!

I kept staring at them in awe when the sun was out, but they were blooming at a time when we had days of rain. The wild Eastern Cottontail rabbits chewed the flowers and some of the leaves before I could get any pics.

As Rita states, "they really look like crocus." They do indeed! I've never grown any of these types of tulips and was very pleased with them. I'm planning to get more of these little gems this year.

Hoping they come back next spring after all the damage the rabbits did to them.

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