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Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Plant Picks

  • Species tulips are a hardy variety that return every year.

    Great Plant Picks

    Species tulips are a hardy variety that return every year.

WHAT: Species tulips, including the Tulipa Violacea group, will naturalize and return year after year.
This variety has gray-green leaves 4- to 6-inches long, and it produces star-shaped pinkish-purple flowers with a black base inside the throat.
WHERE: This tulip is cold hardy, but it does not need a long cold period in order to bloom.
It prefers full-sun locations, thrives in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant.
Plant bulbs about 4 inches deep in mid-October, adding some bulb fertilizer.
After it blooms, allow the plant to die back naturally.
WHY: This tulip is well-suited to Pacific Northwest gardens. It's perfect for rock gardens or gravel strips.
SIZE: It will spread to about .5 feet wide.
LEARN MORE: www.greatplantpicks.org
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