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PlantFiles: Kaufmanniana Tulip
Tulipa 'Ice Stick'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Ice Stick
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ugam)
Hybridized by Ruksans/Pennings

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Division 12 - Kaufmanniana

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive angihansen On May 6, 2007, angihansen from Watkinsville, GA wrote:

Pretty, fun and frilly. In my north-facing home, I'm happy to have these blooming early... about two weeks behind the flowers on the other side of the street, but still ahead of everything in my yard except the super-early crocus. They're reminiscent in some ways of sunflowers, occasionally leeeeeeaning over to catch the sun, but they follow it throughout the course of they day (so they're not perpetually leaning), and stand straight up during overcast weather. They also open widely on bright days, open slightly on overcast days, and close partially or fully on rainy days. I enjoy watching all the changes. NOTE: some catalogs show this flower with a blue-ish outside, but be aware that that lasts only 1-2 days tops as the flower is opening, and then it's just maroon and cream. Pretty, but if you're hoping for a long season of flowers with red-cream-blue rainbow hues then you'll be disappointed.

Positive Boyed On Sep 1, 2006, Boyed from Vanadzor
Armenia (Zone 6a) wrote:

Raised by famous Latvian bulb breeder Janis Ruksans during the 80s.
Blooms rosy, edged white, iside: white with a yellow base. This cultivar has quite unique flowers resembling somewhat tulipa clusiana in shape. Very early flowering, tall growing population from Ugam mnt. range, Uzbekistan. It is one of the tallest - up to 45 cm high and the earliest tulipa kaufmannianas, blooming at the same time with Dutch crocus vernus hybrids.
Recently regestered in Hollad by J. Pennings under the name 'Ice Stick'.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Hamden, Connecticut
Toledo, Ohio
, Ontario

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