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PlantFiles: Fosteriana Tulip
Tulipa 'Purissima'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Purissima
Additional cultivar information: (aka White Emperor)

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Division 13 - Fosteriana

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

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

Patent Information:
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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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Apr 4, 2009, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

In autumn 2006 I've planted this pretty tulips in my new garden. Until now (spring 2009) they've flowered every spring. From the tulips in my garden they are the first to flower. These relatively big flowering tulips always make a great show. On days with less sun or in the evening they light up like candles. They've multiplied every year. From a original clump of 9 bulbs I've counted this spring 21 strong tulips close to 70 cm in height. Some stems have split into two stems and each carrying these huge flowers. I do not feed them so I guess they like it in my garden.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my first year growing this- or any other- tulip. I've always been told tulips act like annuals in the southern heat, so I've never grown them; I have always longed to, though. Last year I found (thru researching) some tulips that are known to return in my clime. Thanks to Brent & Beckys, I have several tulips that I am now enjoying. I will (hopefully) come back here next year and change my rating to a pos. as this baby has returned for me.

At first I wasn't sure that I actually had this tulip. I did not know that this tulip changes color. It is a white tulip but started out soft yellow. It has since aged to white after a few days. It still retains a very dark yellow center- very pretty tulip. I must say that I have yet to detect any of its reputed fragrance.

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

I liked the big blooms on this tulip and it blended in well with my other tulips. But they do not stand up well to the wind. The least little breeze and the petals drop.


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

Braselton, Georgia
Ewing, Kentucky
Croton On Hudson, New York
, Ontario
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lafayette, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah

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