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Tulip, Saxatilis

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Tulipa saxatilis
Liliaceae Family

These compact 8- to 10-inch-tall tulips bear delicate but showy sweet-scented, pale pink or purple blooms with yellow centers. It is well-suited to rock garden use.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • tolerates droughty soil
  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers fertile, well drained soil.

Hardiness zones:

  • 5 to 9

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • rock gardens
  • xeriscapes
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.75 to 1 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • mid-spring
  • late spring

Flower color:

  • yellow
  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Blooms are pale pink or violet with yellow markings edged in white.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers as cups

Blooms borne in groups of up to 4 per plant.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive - Spreads by runners.
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Crete and Turkey
  • fragrant - Blooms are sweetly scented.
Special uses:
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