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Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: bakeri (bay-KAIR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilac Wonder

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Division 15 - Species

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 29, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Sometimes sold under the name T. saxatilis, which is often considered a synonym for T. bakeri.

This gets no more than 8" tall.

Positive salix_man On Mar 17, 2011, salix_man from Barberton, OH wrote:

Naturalizes very well. Comes through low ground cover. Can become invasive, but beautifully.

Positive jhyshark On Jun 24, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

A reliable bloomer, and very pretty. A mole took the bulbs on a trip to about 18" deep but did not eat them! I recovered them and replanted last fall; they came right back up this spring as you can see in my picture. (And I bought a mole chaser.)


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

Little Rock, Arkansas
San Leandro, California
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Scottville, Michigan
Belfield, North Dakota
Salem, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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