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389
This scilla belongs to our real favourites producing several long erect spikes with many densely spaced very light sky blue flowers.
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390
A beautiful snow-melt species from Chile grown up by me from Jim Archibald's seeds with quite widely opened, conical white blooms on short stems. Need humus-rich soil, full sun and it is water tolerant.
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391
A combination of distinctive characteristics produces an elegant triteleia. The exquisite shades of rose-pink to red-violet are rarely represented in other triteleias. There is a definite demarcation between the spreading lobes and the funnel-shaped tube. The pale, crown-like ring of exserted, blue-anthered stamens accentuates this. The paler inner surface of the throat glistens from the fine, glass-like hairs on its surface. The flowers, numbering between 14-30, are displayed in up to 15 cm large umbels on long scapes.
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392
Grown up from seeds collected in Columbia River Gorge, Klickitat Co., WA, USA. Forming several, up to 30, 2.5 cm large flowers with a broad tube that distinctly expands into a bowl-shaped perianth. The tube is very pale violet with the lobes a few shades lighter, aging to white and with a darker coloured midvein on each of the tepals. In nature growing on shallow, gravelly clay soils with grasses. Needs good drainage.
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393
The straw-yellow flowers with a dark purple midstripe and powder blue anthers are very attractive. They are more broadly funnel-shaped than T. laxa with the perianth lobes only slightly spreading. There are up to 20, 2.5 cm large flowers on up to 30 cm long scapes. Although in wild it grows in partly shaded spots, here it tolerates full sum. Very rarely offered, beautiful plant for garden and as cut flower.
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394
Common name of this wonderful Triteleia is “Fool’s Onion”. It makes dense globes of glistening white, bowl-shaped perianths with wide overlapping tepals forming up to 25 flowers in large, up to 7-8 cm in diameter flower heads on 20-30 cm long stems. Wonderfully fragrant, and a good cut flower. Like other Triteleias, hyacinthina is particularly well suited to partial shade, doing especially well under trees, in early spring needs much water, but later prefer dry conditions, usually provided by tree roots..
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395
This vigorous species occurs along the coast of Northern and Central California from Humboldt to Monterey counties and is usually found in vernally wet habitats. The bowl-shaped flowers are white, often flushed purplish on the outside or with indigo stripes on the back or occasionally pale rose-purple. In the garden it needs a lot of water late in spring or it will go dormant without blooming. It quickly forms many-stemmed clumps in cultivation. Blooms in late spring and early summer, with stems often a foot or more tall. These carry many white blossoms on long stalks. These are fine subjects for rock gardens and as cut-flower, and perfectly feel in large pots. They thrive in full sun or light shade and any reasonably well drained soil. Once the leaves have withered, they need no further watering.
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396
This is absolutely gorgeous form from Iran (Esfand-8187) or Afghanistan - I have two identical stocks of it with different origin reported. The plant is up to 40 cm tall with large slightly pinkish white flower with pointed petals on top. Back of outside petals is deep purplish pink edged white, inside is white with large reddish purple shading to violet basal blotch. Filaments are blackish purple, white at top, anthers deep purple, stigma almost white. Incredible combination of colors. Are forming small bulbs.
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I discovered this beautiful short tulip with large widely open star-like white flowers and a large deep yellow centre during my first trip to Central Asia but never had the courage to describe it as a new species. Recent cytological researches have confirmed that I was right – it really is a new tulip species.
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398
Selection from Tulipa berkariense found in Central Asia during my first mountain trip there. This clone, found in the wild at bottom of Berkara gorge has deep purple leaves with only few green veins. Very limited stock, named after my daughter Ilze, who then was small child, but now is famous garden designer in Latvia.
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Tulipa biflora represents a very confusing group of small-flowered tulips with white starry flowers, usually 2-10 per stem with many local variants with proper species names. This stock was collected by me in NE part of Iran (Kuh-e Hazar Masjed ridge, between Emam Qoli and Kabkan, almost on pass) in 2008 on rocky outcrops along valley inside mountains with dry stream bed in bottom at altitude 2210 m.
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400
A part of the large and variable turkestanica/bifloriformis complex but it is perfectly distinct in the fresh state (rather than in dried herbarium specimens). This has lovely, up-facing, milky white blooms with a central yellow blotch in the centre. The anthers are also lemon yellow with the tiniest of purple tips and they are borne on yellow filaments. Each bulb can make 2-3 of its red-tinted scapes and each scape, though usually bearing a solitary flower, can branch holding 2-3 flowers each. This grows from stems around 15-20cm tall, This stock was collectedon dry sandy steppe not far from Alma-Ati, where it grew together with Tulipa behmiana.. Although it is a dry-land species, in cultivation I find it quite easy, well multiplying and setting seeds whilst T. behmiana alive only 2 seasons.
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401
In overall appearance similar and taxonomically close to T. fosteriana. It differs in foliage, which is keeled and more upward turned. Flowers are of more orange shade than usually seen in T. fosteriana. Collected very close to the locus classicus – in the heights of Sina valley in SE Uzbekistan.
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402
It is dwarf tulip species with a charm all of its own. In the wild, it is limited to the mountains of Crete where it grows and flowers soon after the melting of snow. The star-shaped flowers open white but got pink tinge with age. Sometimes also the outside of the flower is flushed pink. There can be up to three flowers from each bulb. It likes a gritty, well-drained compost and will take considerable neglect, although do far better and increase nicely if fed and watered. I start autumn watering something later than with other species to avoid too early start of vegetation.
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403
Another multiflowered species of the Biflorus group quite similar to T. dasystemon but its flowers are bigger up to 3 per stem, they are white with large yellow base or sometimes yellow is completely absent. Stock was collected in Urungachsay, Ugam mnt. range, Uzbekistan at altitudes between 2500 - 2800 m.
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404
A super, bright red species with the base of the petals marked with a central black, tear-drop shaped zone, edged with a thin, gold line or a more diffuse gold zone. The flower is of good size and the colour is stunning. A glorious Cretan endemic Tulip from cultivated fields and alpine meadows in a small region of the uplands from 450-800m altitude. It is common in a restricted area but declining and it is found nowhere else in the world. It is protected within Crete. It does well in a well-drained, loam-based compost but with good drainage though it appreciates plentiful water and feeding during its spring growth period. In summer it should be dry. Stock was received as mix into crocuses from my friend in Belgium. For long time it was grown by me as "Unknown species from mix" and only recently it was identified by my Dutch collegue, researcher on Tulip taxonomy, so allowing me to offer it.
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True species, very different from the Dutch stock. Dwarf with 2-3 wide, slightly undulate, greyish, sometimes almost purple leaves, flowers usually yellow with red suffused petal backs, but can be red, orange and even yellow-red striped.
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406
Flowers large, brilliant scarlet red, leaves greyish green, undulate. Some botanists regard this species as conspecific with the T. undulatifolia. Both are very different in the wild and in the cultivation, too. Our stock is raised from seed collected in Caucasus and is something variable in colour.
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407
Flowers with pointed tips bright purest yellow, only on the outside somewhat pinkish shaded, on 20-25 cm tall stems. Leaves keeled, plain green, sometimes waved. I believe that this species is available only from me.
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A most unusually coloured form of T. fosteriana with large, brightest red flowers, the edge of petals in the upper third distinctly feathered orange-yellow. Collected by me in 1977 as a single plant in Agalik valley, Zeravshan mnt.
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409
(‘Barricades of Riga’) Flower of incredible shape – the petals are long, spiny twisted with reflexed tips of beautiful bright orange red colour. In addition this plant has purple striped leaves. This variety is raised in Latvia by Mr. Eltins and named remembering barricades in Riga when we fought against Russian occupation. Most possible it is mutation of T. fosteriana hybrid ‘Juan’ which it resembles in flower and leaf colour. The exact origin its breeder keeps in secret.
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410
Not surprisingly that this tulip species was nicknamed "King of Tulips"- its large, bright red flowers of surprisingly perfect form of "double cup" before opening subported by marvellous leaves with purple marbling, dotting or striping surpass everything seen in tulips. Offered are seedlings of forms collected wild in Kara-Tau Mountains, Kazahstan during my first Central Asian trips.
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411
A superb hybrid raised by Janis from a cross between T. fosteriana and T. greigii. It looks like a polyploid form – has a very strong stem, an unusually large (tepals up to 18 cm! long) brightest deep red flower of T. greigii shape with a shiny pure black base. Makes large bulbs and perfectly increases vegetatively.
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412
Flowers dark yellow, inner base black with a very wide dark red edge, leaves distinctly undulate, striped purple. Raised from a cross with T. vvedenskyi.
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413
One of the most beautiful seedlings from cross between Tulipa greigii aurea pollinated with one of my Tulipa vvedenskyi hybrids with another greigii, having deep purple striped leaves and fantastical flowers on 30-35 cm long stem.
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414
The earliest of tulips in my collection that flowers together with crocuses. Flowers are yellow, shaded greyish-orange on the outside, 1-4 per bulb on a 5-10 cm long stem. Collected near Hodji-obi-Garm, Tajikistan, where it grew in splits of bare rocks (RM-8259).
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This is very beautifully toned form of this extremely variable tulip collected on Karabel pass, Turkey, N of Lake Van on wet stony slope just after snowe melting at alt. 2800 – 2900 m. It is beautiful vegetative clone of great capacity. In wild it formed natural clump of 16 bulbs!
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A seldom seen species from NE Turkey and Iran with 30 cm stems and deep vermilion flowers which have a black throat, thinly edged with yellow. Base colour is very variable. Yellow and striped forms are also known in the wild. This slender, very elegant, high mountain plant performs well in the garden. The comparatively small bulbs have a densely felted lining to the bulb tunics which protects bulb against excess dryness and heat in the wild conditions.
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417
A little known gem which is rarely seen in cultivation but is very deserving of attention. A 25-30 cm long stem carries a 6 cm flower of gorgeous, deep primrose yellow, a rare colour within species Tulipa. Easy growing and very different in appearance. Suitable for a pan or pot under cold or alpine glass or a well-drained garden spot in fertile soil, sited in full sun. Endemic to the Karabakh range which is now not more reachable due war interrelations between Armenia and Azerbaijan where it grows on stony mountain slopes at the edge of forests – now dangerous for land-mines. This stock was collected by Zhirair Basmajyan, my late Armenian friend, who was killed in his garden some years ago.
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It is very beautiful, narrow Crimean endemic, regarded by some botanists as synonymous with Tulipa biflora, what certainly isn’t truth. It is growing wild in Karadag Nature reserve and with the kind help of Ukrainian botanists I had opportunity to visit this place and collect few bulbs shortly before Russia occupied this territory of Ukraine, so closing it for further researches of Western botanists.
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A medium tall tulip reaching 40 cm with deep yellow, big and elegant flowers (reminds lily-flowered tulips). Colour sometimes has some reddish toned segments or flushes. From the Chu-Ili mts. in Kazakhstan.
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420
Stems up to 20cm high. Leaves three, linear to lanceolate, strongly glaucous. Flowers usually solitary in the wild but sometimes two in cultivation, about 5cm long, brightest red, with a shining black basal blotch. Originaslly was collercted in Uzbekisdtan at Timurlan gate. Not very easy and not usable for outside garden (at least here) but so beautiful and makes so splendid pots, that worth to try! Very limited sdtock.
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421
True stock collected wild during one of my trips to South of Tadjikistan. Easy separable from all other species because has very narrow leaves well contrasting with large bright red flowers on 15 cm long stem. It is dazzling in full sun, when the flowers open widely to their full 6 cm diameter and show their large jet-black centre. The glaucous leaves lie prostrate on the soil surface. Good grower outside.
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422
I regard T. montana as different from T. wilsoniana with which it sometimes is joyned. I suppose that plants pictutred in marvellous monoigraph of Diane Everett under this name really are T. wilsoniana. True montana is plant of more shaded spots, growing between shrubs and under trees and is distinctly taller whiolst true wilsoniana is dwarf tulip from open, rocky spots. Offered stock was collected in Iran just on pass near Khosh Yeylaq, at alt. 2240 m.
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423
There are several tulip species regarded as synonyms of T. sylvestris, but this one from Ukraine is very floriferous and of a smaller habit making compact bright yellow blotches in the garden; good for pots, too.
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A relative of T. turkestanica and T. bifloriformis. However, it well differs from these in its very dwarf outward appearance, intensively crinkled, ad-pressed to soil leaves. Main feature for separating from other similar species is long neck between ovary and stigma, by this resembling Orythia - since its name. One of my favourites. From high altitudes over valley of river Sangardak in S. Uzbekistan (ARJA-9814 - locus classicus).
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425
This is another dwarf multi-flowering tulip with a beautiful compact inflorescence of white starry flowers with a yellow base, greenish on the outside. Collected in the Karatau range, Kazakhstan (RK-8111). An extremely rare species in nature, so far almost unknown in gardens; well growing outside.
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426
This beautiful tulip was collected by Arnis Seisums in Kirghizia. The flowers are brilliant, glowing scarlet- to orange-red sometimes with a jet-black centre, sometimes with a yellow centre. At flowering the plant is around 20-25 cm high, and it carries a flower with a diameter of 5-8 cm. Afterwards the leaves elongate and these are decorative, with a glaucous surface and an undulate edge. It is true species, different from plants offered by Dutch nurseries.
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427
One of the real glories of Iranian mountains, actually it shocked me by size of flowers and long stems of this beauty, when I for the first time saw it blooming on rocky slopes and in small valleys of Iranian mountains. Only “cabinet botanists”, who never worked in wild can regard it as conspecific with Tulipa biflora, growing in Kazahstan steppes and semi-deserts. May be “polychroma” of commerce, can be regarded as synonymous with T. biflora, but not this Iranian beauty. Alternative opinion - it deserves own specific name. The last 3 pictures shows it in nature, in Iran where slopes and valleys covered by it makes unforgetable impression.
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428
One of the most unusual and “cream of creams” in tulips. Usually one leaf with longitudinal crests on the upper side, for this feature separated in its own section. Flowers usually one, rarely two or three, white with pinkish tinge and yellow basal blotch and a faint pleasant scent. Only for growing indoors. I recommend planting as late as possible and stgart watering only in December.
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Quite variable species growing wild in Balkans. My stock comes from N Macedonia where it was originally collected and later grown by Gothenburg Botanical garden. I got a pinch of its seeds and now can offer some bulbs to other growers, too. Flowers are mostly orange-red with variable base colour, but between seedlings appear some individuals with yellow or orange flowers. Height up to 30 cm.
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Stems 15-30cm high. Leaves three to five, glaucous, wavy and channelled. Flowers 4-10cm long, orange-red, the outer surfaces of the tepals matt or paler or creamy-orange to pinkish, with a centre greenish-black to black blotch with or without a narrow yellow or white edge. Turkey, usually in cultivated ground but our stock was collected on roadside during walking Nemrut-Dag in Malatya province. In nature its bulbs lie almost half-meter deep, but not so in cultivation.
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431
Very rare, dwarf, mid-season species from Northern Iraq and Northern Iran with vivid scarlet red flowers which have a deep purple-black basal blotch. The 20cm tall stems bear flowers of such an intensity that they stand out from a great distance, held over broad glaucous leaves and springing from a bulb which is densely lined internally with woolly hairs, preserving bulbs from high temperatures during summer. Closely related to Tulipa systola and distinguished by being more robust with more leaves, crowded into a basal tuft and in my stocks of systola always basal blotch is rimmed yellow. Gowable under gardens conditions or in a pot in a fertile, well-drained loam-based soil, I recommend annual harvesting if grown outside, providing dry summer rest; in pot can be kept up to 3 years, although I prefair annual lifting for all tulip species. My stock comes from Iraq Kurdistan and originally was collected and identifioed by Henrik Zetterlunfd.
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432
Identification of those small tulips from Tulipa biflora group is not easy. Only shortly ago I identified this stock collected wild in Tadjikistan as T. subbiflora described by the Russian botanist A. Vvedensky. Superficially it looks similar to orithyioides but the style is shorter. Produces several large white flowers with a sharply edged bright yellow basal blotch up to half the petals length.
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433
The foliage of this tulip, shown here, which is growing in the Zagros Mountains in the western Iran, has a distinctive waviness. The undulations give structural strength to the leaves. It is not easy to grow and here is suitable only for pots, and regardless of some elongation comparing with the wild plants, it is very nice and worth to try.
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434
Flowers white with large yellow centre, 5-7 from a bulb on 15 cm tall pedicels in rosette of greyish green leaves. This stock comes from Kashka-Su in Khirghizstan and has more colourful flowers.
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435
As you can guess from the name this species almost invariably have four leaves. Flowers, when open, are purest golden yellow with the base, filaments, and anthers in the same colour. Only the sepal backs are greenish pink shaded. Flowers open wide in the sun and the outer tepals reflex forming an urn.
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436
Considered by some to be a stablised natural hybrid between T. dubia and T. kaufmanniana which forms homogeneous populations in some parts of its range. This has large yellow to red flowers on quite short stems. The flowers are vivid, golden-yellow, orange or red. A gorgeous snowmelt plant with sumptuous in the extreme flowers that are beautifully set off by blue-green to soft green foliage. As a montane meadow species seems that it does not require annual lifting, but I am replanting all my tulips annually. Limited stock.
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437
It is very similar to Tulipa systola and by some botanists regarded as synonymous to it, but the flower is held on longer stem and flowers inner base is black with or without yellow rim. Somrtimes yellow rim is so pronounced that black is on;ly as small blotch on it. About it I found following characterization: “A rock dweller that can be found on the steep cliffs of the Olang Pass (2200 m) in the Elburz Mountains, east of Tehran. You can spot the flowers from the car, but how to get there? You have to climb like a mountain goat to see them up close”. I climbed up and collected few bulbs. The total view of plant is so special, that there are no problems to separate in from allied TT. stapfii and systola. It is not easy to grow and with me it is suitable only for pots
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438
Tulipa vvedenskyi in nature is quite uniform, bright red with beautiful shape of flowers. Very rarely can be found yellow or orange coloured individuals. The greatest variability is in shape of leaves which in best forms are nicely and intensively undulated, and in base colour of flowers which can be pure yellow, pure black or black with yellow rim of different shape. This species quite well multiplies by splitting of bulbs. Excellent for growing in open garden as well as in deep pots.
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439
I regard this as typical T. wilsoniana and very different from T. montana. Typical wilsoniana is dwarf tulip of more or less rocky open mountain slopes. Flowers are comparatively large for length of stem, brilliant vermilion-red with pointed tips and small blackish-blue centre. Leaves undulated. Only 15 cm high. My stock originates from Arvaz, Turkmenistan Kopet-Dag. Excellent pot plant, but I grew it for many years in outside garden on very well drained sandy soil.
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440
Genus Zagrossia was split out of Scilla by German botanist Franz Speta and belongs to those few new species which splitting from scillas was accepted by most of botanists (as well as Fessia - see higher). Zagrosia persica has long, slender racemes of bright mid-blue, starry flowers of bright mid-blue placed on long, slender racemes, each one on a long flower-stalk. Flowering progresses up the stem as the buds open and the total time in bloom is much longer than in the other "scillas". In nature it is growing on vernally extremely wet spots, sometimes springing out even from water, but during summer seems that need dry conditions. I'm growing it only in pots, abundantly watered up to culmionation of blooming, after that watering is gradually minimized providing dry second half of summer. I think it could be growable outside as well.
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