Species Tulip

Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia'

Species Tulip - Tulipa clusiana  'Cynthia'

Common Name: Species Tulip
Genus: Tulipa
Species: clusiana
Cultivar: 'Cynthia'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.25 m (25 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Red, YellowFlowering Period: April & May

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

Other Features: excellent in meadow planting.

Often called 'Candlestick Tulips' because of their elegant shape and warm colour these little tulips are more restrained than many of their big blousey cousins. Introduced in 1959 'Cynthia' has tall slender buds which are softly striped with red and yellow. These buds usually appear quite early and the pointed petals open into flat yellow stars in April and May. A winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit it is great for adding colour to an alpine bed or wild garden. Alternatively mass plant them in big quantities in pots for the patio.

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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