The Book of Six © Six Easy to Grow Species Tulips

Tulipa clusiana

Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha 'Tubergen's Gem

Species tulips are originally from the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and the Caucaus.  Known to perennialize better than most tulips, species tulips are perfect for rock gardens, up close and personal areas in the garden, and areas to naturalize.

In my opinion, they are not used in the garden often enough.  It may  surprise you how inexpensive they are and given they do not need to be replaced each year, they are a bargain.  Most around 30 cents each.

  1. Tulipa calusiana var. ‘Tubergen’s Gem’.  Soft red outer petals with bright canary-yellow interior.  Closes at night, opens with light.  Blooms in April, 10″ tall, zone 3 – 9.
  2. Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’.  Yellow base and purple tops. Blooms in May, 7″ tall, zone 5 – 8.
  3. Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’.   Rosy-red and white candy stripped.  Blooms in April, 12″ tall, zone 4 – 8.
  4. Tulipa humilis ‘Magenta Queen’.  Lovely lilac purple with yellow interior base.  Blooms in April, 5″ tall, zone 4 – 8.
  5. Tulipa ‘Ice Stick’.  White with yellow base and some purplish-rose petal parts.  Blooms in early April, 12″ tall, zone 4- 8.
  6. Tuplia ‘Kolpakowskiana’.  Yummy yellow streaked with light red.  Blooms late April, early May, 8″ tall, zone 3 – 8.

Species tulips resources, try John Scheepers and Old House Gardens

Copy and photos by Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening With Confidence Follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her Facebook page, the Gardening With Confidence fan page. Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum.



  1. personalgardencoach said

    Love those choices, Helen! I have used many of those in planters. They are invariably the ones that hold up the best, last the longest and can often be the most interesting to look at up close.
    Thanks for this great post!
    Christina Salwitz
    The Personal Garden Coach

  2. Christina, I should try them in posts. I got my first ones from kk and have never turned back. I really just don’t understand their limited use in the garden. Having said that, what too me so long??? H. P.S. Thank you kk!

  3. larry said

    if your readers are looking for more information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is a detailed, interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at

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