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Tulip Lily, Turkish

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Horned Tulip
Tulipa acuminata
Liliaceae Family
Synonym: Tulipa cornuta, Tulipa stenopetala

Exotic and unusual, the Turkish Tulip Lily has showy blooms with long, thin, pointed red and yellow petals. A unique and uncommon addition to the bulb garden.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers moist but well-drained soil.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 8
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 1.25 to 1.75 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time: mid-spring

Flower color:

  • red
  • yellow
  • green

Blooms are usually red or yellow, with red or green shading.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Turkey
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Divide the bulbs in the fall, when clumps have become overcrowded. Plant the bulbs 5" beneath the soil surface.

Maintenance and care:
Remove faded flowers after blooming. After spring blooming, allow the foliage to die back (about 6 weeks) before cutting back. Do not cut back unfaded foliage.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Slugs and snails
Bulb rot
Root rot
Gray mold