LILY FLOWERING TULIP
Sunset zones: All zones (chilling requirements may be necessary in warmer zones).
USDA zones: 4-8.
Height: 14-16 inches (35-40 cm).
Late April to early May.
An elegant goblet-shaped tulip, with pointed tepals of burgundy with yellow basal marks inside.
Full sun to afternoon sun.
Light, well-drained, fertile soil on the neutral to slightly acidic side.
When planting bulbs in fall, mix a low in nitrogen organic fertilizer into planting hole and in early spring.
Lift bulbs after foliage has died down and harvest smaller offsets of bulbs. Plant these in a separate bed until they reach blooming size and plant back out in the garden.
Do not prune foliage until it has died back. If flowers are used for bouquets, leave as much of the foliage as possible on the plant.
Rainy Side Notes
Lily flowering tulips reliably come back every year in my raised bed gardens. Soil must be well-drained, or our Pacific Northwest wet winters can rot the bulbs in soggy soils. These tulips are not only reliable, but they also have a look of elegance. I lift the bulbs about every 5 years or so and replant when they become too crowded. They receive a complete organic fertilizer in the spring for established plantings, or I mix into the planting hole when the bulbs are planted in the fall.
T. 'Burgundy' is planted with a clump of bergenia and blooms while the leaves of the variegated cornus shrub are still golden. It makes a pleasing composition.
Photographed in author's garden.