Tulipa clusiana 'var. Chrysantha'
Chrysantha Tulip flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 4 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Candlestick Tulip, Lady Tulip
In sunny gardens this variety starts with slender buds that fan out into perfectly flat six pointed stars of creamy white with a reverse splash of cherry red; the effect is outstanding when planted in groups; great for edgings and containers
Chrysantha Tulip has masses of beautiful creamy white cup-shaped flowers with a cherry red reverse at the ends of the stems in late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Chrysantha Tulip is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Chrysantha Tulip is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Chrysantha Tulip will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.