My tulips are up! This variety is Tulip clusiana from Old House Gardens. It's a red and white heirloom tulip from 1607.
I planted 10 precious bulbs in my zone 8b garden a year and a half ago, and they've naturalized.
The native T. clusiana can be identified by its deep purple heart which is absent from the hybrids.
There are some T. clusiana hybrids out there ('Lady Jane', 'Tinka', 'Chrysantha') and I've planted a few, but none have done as well as the original.
What spring bulbs have naturalized in your garden? I'd love to know!
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