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Tulipa pulchella var. violacea 'Persian Pearl'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: pulchella var. violacea
Cultivar: Persian Pearl

Synonym:Tulipa humilis
Synonym:Tulipa violacea

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Division 15 - Species

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
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)

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 30, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

T. humilis blooms very early, early in daffodil season, and long before most other tulips. It's a great way to introduce strong fuchsia-pink into the garden at that season.

Like many species, this has little foliage in relation to its flower power. The flowers are individually small (when compared to the hybrids) but large in relation to the leaves, which make less mess in dying down than the hybrids.

Unlike many tulips, this often persists for many years in the garden, though it's slow to increase.

T. humilis is sometimes sold under the names T. pulchella and T. violacea.

Positive jrtinker On May 8, 2013, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I grew this from seed in 2012 and planted the bulblets into the garden in the fall. Much to my surprise, several of the seedlings bloomed this spring. Even more remarkable, we had a four week long cold spell in November at -20F with no snow cover, and these survived just fine. I hope they naturalize.

Positive Malus2006 On Jan 8, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant had a lot of sucess in my yard. It have a high sprouting rate from bulbs planted the previous fall and continue flowering through the years compare to florist tulips (that's the most common single stalk tulip sold) which are irregular in flowering rate, often waiting many years before flowering constantly. They have a nice lavender color with yellow center. Might have seedlings coming up but not sure. Have grown it for three years now. It will look good with Tulipa tarda, which are similar height but slightly different blooming time. Too bad not more people learn of this bulb.


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

Palmer, Alaska
Ijamsville, Maryland
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Laconia, New Hampshire
Honeoye Falls, New York
Port Washington, New York
Cleveland, Ohio

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