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Greigii Tulip
Tulipa greigii 'Oratorio'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: greigii (GREEG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Oratorio
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Division:

Division 14 - Greigii

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Coral/Apricot

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Mottled

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Albion, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 31, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Often described in the catalogs as "rose" or "watermelon pink", the hue is decidedly on the warm side. On first opening, it's a bright coral that some call pink, but it ages to a hot brilliant orangy-scarlet. It has a yellow base that's only visible on close inspection. It blooms very early, in daffodil season.

The leaves are handsomely striped with dark purple. In its second season, five bulbs produced 6 flowers. I expect it will naturalize here in Boston Z6a, like most Greigii hybrids but unlike most other tulip hybrids.