Saxatilis Tulip Bulbs
The Saxatilis Tulip
is a wild, Cretian species known for its beautiful rosy-lilac, multi-flowering botanical tulip. The exquisite combination of pale lilac petals blotched with lemon yellow at the base, plus showy dark anthers for contrast make this a quick favorite for Tulip Collectors
"The T. saxatilis
is a triploid species (probably derived from T. cretica or T. Bakeri), with three times the basic chromosome number, so it rarely if ever reproduces from seed. Unusual reproduction for a tulip
- by stolons; a challenge not to ignore. To expand its range, the bulb puts out horizontal stolons up to a foot or more underground, forming offsets at the tail end. Mention `underground stolon' to a gardener and you're likely to get a gasp, but I've had no trouble containing its habit. I just yank out the new bulbs that appear where I don't want them. Still, knowing how easily love can turn to hate, cautious gardeners might want to confine the wandering stolons with galvanized sheet metal or a border of slate. This should also help speed up the blooming process, since it turns out T. saxatilis
only blooms when it's crowded." [Source: http://www.undergroundgardener.com/silverlake_Tulipasaxatilis.htm]
Shipping of all Fall Planting Bulbs
begins in September and continues, zone appropriate, as orders are received.
Dutch Expert Info advises planting fall bulbs anytime after night temperatures stay between 40 and 50 degrees. Tulip Bulbs
can be planted right up until the ground freezes.