Among my favorite of the dwarf tulip species, is the old
standby, Tulipa tarda. The foliage is neat and a healthy
green, a handsome backdrop to the sunny "butter and
egg" colored flowers that sit just clear of the foliage. The
bulbs produce 1-8 flowers per bulb, accounting for it's
floriferous habit. The flowers only open in strong sun-
light, and show olive-backed petals under low light
conditions. A Central Asian species.
Photos by Mark
Close-up view of the cheerful flowers.
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