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Tulipa gesneriana - L.

Common Name Tulip, Didier's tulip
Family Liliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The bulb and the flowers have been known to cause dermatitis in sensitive people, though up to 5 bulbs a day can be eaten without ill-effect[65].
Habitats In and around cultivated land[50].
Range The origin of this plant is obscure, though it is naturalized in S.W. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Tulipa gesneriana Tulip, Didier


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Tulipa gesneriana is a BULB growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Apr to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

T. didieri. T. suaveolens. Hayek. non Roth.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb - cooked[22, 61]. It can be dried and ground into a powder and then mixed with cereals when making bread etc[46, 105]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Pollution.

Plants have been grown indoors in pots in order to help remove toxins from the atmosphere. It has been shown to help remove formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia[259].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a sunny position in a well-drained sandy soil with added leafmould[1]. The bulbs are very hardy, surviving soil temperatures down to about -12°c[214]. This is a complicated species, or perhaps a group of very closely related species, some members of which are probably native to Europe[50]. It is a parent of the cultivated garden tulips[50]. The flowers are sweetly scented[245]. Bulbs can be harvested in June after they have died down and then stored in a cool dry place, being planted out again in October[1].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a shady part of the cold frame as soon as it is ripe in early summer[1], or in the early autumn[200]. A spring sowing of stored seed in the greenhouse also succeeds[K]. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be grown on without disturbance for their first growing season - apply liquid feeds to the pot if necessary. Divide the bulbs once the plants have become dormant, putting 3 - 4 bulbs in each pot. Grow the on in the greenhouse for at least the next year, planting them out when dormant. Division of offsets in July. Larger bulbs can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, or can be stored in a cool place and then be planted out in late autumn. It is best to pot up smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out when they are dormant in late summer to the middle of autumn.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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