LILY FLOWERING TULIP
Sunset zones: All zones (chilling requirements may be necessary in warmer zones).
USDA zones: 3-8.
Height: 14-16 inches (35-40 cm).
Late April to early May.
An elegant goblet-shaped tulip, with pointed tepals of lemon yellow margined in white, with some blossoms having flecks of red.
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. Lily flowering 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.
I keep trying to get some good photos of my T. 'Macarena'. Every year just before I get a chance to photograph them, someone in the neighborhood (deer?) picks the flowers. I suppose these neighbors (deer?) think they are very special, and that I planted the tulips just for them, to pick for their bouquets (dinner?). I wish they would at least wait until I get a picture of the clump of 25 tulips. Its time to plant a large clump for me, but this time I will plant them farther away from the street. Next year a hidden camera might be fun to install, just to see who our neighborhood flower thief is.
Photographed in author's garden.