February 4, 2023
Tulipa sprengeri

Tulipa sprengeri

Tulipa sprengeri is also known as Sprenger Tulip or Tulipa brachyanthera Frey. It is part of the Liliaceae family of plants. It is native to Western Eurasia. Tulipa sprengeri has bright green, linear-lanceolate, channeled leaves.

Tulipa sprengeri flower stems can grow to 40cm 16in tall. Each bulb produces one flower. Tulipa sprengeri flower is bright red the tepals are long and pointed, the outside petals are more brownish and shorter, funnel-shaped then later turns to start-shaped. Tulipa sprengeri flowers in late spring in May and June and it is one of the latest flowering tulips.

Tulipa sprengeri
Tulipa sprengeri

Tulipa sprengeri is named after Carl Sprenger (1846-1917) a German botanist. It was first published in 1894 by J. Gilbert Baker (1834-1920), an English botanist, he worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1866 to 1899.

Tulipa sprengeri is easy to grow. It self-seeds but seeds require stratification. Plant Tulipa sprengeri in the sun or partial shade about 10cm or 4in deep. in a humus-rich and fertile soil that is moderately moist and not too dry. Shelter it from strong wind and too wet conditions. Tulipa sprengeri roots grow deep. It is generally pest-free and disease-free. It could cause discomfort if consumed.

Tulipa sprengeri
Tulipa sprengeri at Kew Garden, London, UK

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