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PlantFiles: Lady Tulip, Candlestick Tulip
Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: clusiana var. chrysantha
Synonym:Tulipa stellata

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Division 15 - Species

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Nov 17, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha in 2005 and they bloomed nicely. They came up the next year; however, they did not bloom. The following year, they disappeared and have not returned.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jan 27, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Grows in heavy alkaline clay soil as well. This is my favorite species tulip; it has a long bloom stem that makes it a delicate-looking plant, (and a cut flower candidate) but also has a long bloom duration to boot. Blooms in May here.

Positive clantonnaomi On Apr 24, 2004, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I really enjoy these little species tulips - they are a welcome touch of color in the early spring. I am in central Texas (zone 8) and they are very reliable here, coming back every spring.

Positive mystic On Apr 23, 2004, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a cute little border plant. When opened in the full sun you don't see the red at all .


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

Little Rock, Arkansas
Garberville, California
San Leandro, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Westbrook, Maine
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Altoona, Wisconsin

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