Lily-flowered tulip

Tulipa 'Ballade'

Lily-flowered tulip - Tulipa  'Ballade'

Common Name: Lily-flowered tulip
Genus: Tulipa
Cultivar: 'Ballade'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A gorgeous lily-flowered tulip with soft violet-mauve flowers that have well-defined white margins and elegantly pointed petals. It is a good weather-resistant border tulip which usually comes back reliably year after year without lifting. The flowers are showy and long-lasting and look very similar to the 'Star Gazer' lily when fully open. Such a great performer, the RHS have not only awarded it the coveted Award of Garden Merit but also selected it in their list of top 10 tulips. Not bad at all!

Garden Care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile well-drained soil. Alternatively allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally, lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.

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