|This tulip has 2 to 7 linear to strap-like shaped gray-green leaves with smooth undulating edges that can grow up to 12 inches in length. The pale red or yellow single flowers, which can be tinged red or green, are 4 inches in length with pointed tepals and fuzzy stems.
The tulip has been the favored spring bulb for centuries. Thriving where summers are dry and winters are cold, this bulb is treated as an annual where summers are hot and long. A genus with around 100 species, tulips are divided into 15 distinguishing divisions. Best planted in large drifts, tulips can be used in rock gardens, containers, overplantings above perennials, forced indoors, and as a cut flower.
Plant in fertile, well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil where they will receive full or at least afternoon sun. In zones 7 to 10, plant in shady or where only morning sun is received. Plant between 8 and 4 inches deep as soon as early fall in zones 4 to 8 or late winter in zones 9 and 10. If you live in an area where your tulips will be perennial (zones 4 to 6 and sometimes 7), work bonemeal or bulb booster into or around planting hole per label directions. While growing, water periodically, fertilizing with a liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks. Once flowering is complete, remove spent flowers and allow foliage to yellow and wither for 6 weeks prior to removing it.