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14 Tulip Varieties You'll Go Wild For

Meet the closest cousins to wild tulips—tiny gems that reliably return year after year.
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Tulipa tarda

Like many species tulips, Tulipa tarda offers two-tone flowers. Outer petals feature tones of brownish-purple, while blossom centers display yellow petals with white tips. Tulipa tarda was introduced in 1933 and grows 2 to 4 inches tall. Many species tulips, including T. tarda, naturalize readily to create larger colonies via offsets or baby bulbs that form alongside mature bulbs. To enhance this process, remove spent blooms and don’t permit plants to set seed.

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Tulipa humilis ‘Violacea’

Give your garden a splash of deep rose with Tulipa humilis ‘Violacea’. Introduced in 1860, this beauty grows 4 to 6 inches tall. Open blooms feature contrasting black centers. Violacea is a slow multiplier. If you want instant drifts of color with it, plant many bulbs.

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Tulipa clusiana v. chrysantha

This hot pink variety is one of the taller species tulips.

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Tulipa clusiana

Clusiana and its hybrids are among the most dependable tulips for coming back year after year as perennials

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