Species Tulip, Botanical Tulip, Late Tulip, Tarda Tulip, Wild Tulip

Tulipa urumiensis

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: urumiensis
Synonym:Tulipa tarda
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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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Clifton, Colorado

Clinton, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut

Bloomington, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Frederick, Maryland

Billerica, Massachusetts

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota(2 reports)

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Croton On Hudson, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

, Ontario

Bath, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Tremonton, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Tulipa tarda naturalizes and multiplies well here, where most tulips are annuals. (Tulips require a dry summer rest, and here in Boston Z6a we get too much summer rain for most tulips to prosper long-term. Summer irrigation can make them rot.)

The flowers are lemon yellow and white, and quite prominent in comparison with the slender minimal foliage, which is inconspicuous in dying down.

All tulips are prime critter/deer fodder.

T. tarda has multiple flowers per stem. T. dasystemon flowers are solitary. The two are often confused in commerce. They are not synonyms.


On Mar 19, 2012, JuniorMintKiss from Tremonton, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tarda tulips make an excellent ground cover, if only for a few weeks. They sport a vibrant yellow/white flower, with slender green leaves. Mine are already 2"-3" above the ground, showing that they are hardy flowers with a high tolerance to the cold (especially the roller coaster weather here in Utah). I only wish the blooms lasted longer, as I get many compliments when they are in full bloom. I dug up a whole gallon Ziploc bag full of them last year and planted them in other areas in my flower bed, especially near the borders. I love how they look, bordering my grass.


On May 3, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice little species tulip. Self seeds freely. Blooms in April in my garden.


On Dec 1, 2008, grits74571 from Talihina, OK wrote:

Just got some freebies in an order from Blooming bulbs .com so will check in with y'all come spring


On Mar 14, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of the few tough tulips for me in my yard. It self seed at a moderate rate, with new plants more like grasses. It have seed pods that in some years last well into summer, other years tend to be short living. It seem to thrive in light shade in sandy soil and I am watching it and see if it is part shade tolerable but this may take three to five years before it spreads this far.

Edit update: So far the sources I have read so far says that they will grow in mostly sandy soils (very well drained soil) and maybe struggle to grow in clay soil.


On Jul 4, 2005, HSoones from Brockton, MA wrote:

This is my first time plantingTulip Tarda (Tulipanes Tarda). I planted them just after Memorial Day, May 30th and by July 1st they had bloomed and died. This was a very short lifespan. I did gather the seeds. I have some questions; will they come back this year or next year. What shall I do with the seeds? plant now or next year? How far apart? Etc.?


On Jun 17, 2005, llebpmac_bob from Zephyr,
Canada wrote:

Mine are growing in a mix of about 50% topsoil (whatever that means when the guy who does your interlocking paving brings in a truckload) and limestone screenings on the east side of the house where they get a lot of sun. They do beautifully and the clumps are gradually increasing. Like all tulips they are a bit of a pain when the foliage starts to brown and die back.
It doesn't appear to need the baking that the large hybrids need -the beds it is in contain roses and fern-leaf peony that I water heavily all summer.


On Jun 17, 2004, hallowsend from Rawdon, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Performed very well in my Rawdon, Quebec garden. Showy and inexpensive - good bang for the buck.


On May 11, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

I gather that the Tulipa tarda sold in the trade is generally a close relative, Tulipa dasystemon. Whatever it really is, it self seeds abundantly in our St John's, Newfoundland garden and can become a bit of a weed! Hybridises with other related tulips too - like T. urumiensis and T. turkestanica so we get many mongrels. It's clearly a species that doesn't need a summer baking if it does well here!


On Apr 12, 2004, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this little tulip with a 6 weeks long blooming season..it's so cheerfull and reliable. It 's blooming now (starts end of march in my zone).


On Oct 31, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

A species tulip blooming early and only 4-6 inches tall. Flowers open to a star shape, white with a wide yellow center.