Species (or 'botanical') tulips originate in Central Asia. They have fascinating colours which look magnificent in rockeries, borders and wild gardens alike. Bulb size 6/7cm. (Bulb sizes quoted in centimetres refer to the circumference of bulbs. All bulbs are sourced from cultivated stocks.) Collection contains 55 bulbs:
Peppermint Stick (T. clusiana) - A real cutie whose striking red outer petals combine with white inner petals to make it resemble an edible treat! Flowers in April. Height 25cm. 10 bulbs.
T. tarda - This is one of the most popular of the very dwarf tulips and is very easy to grow. It produces a rosette of narrow green leaves with up to five flowers per stem, each with a huge central yellow eye and a delicious honey scent. Attractive to pollinators. Flowers in April. Height 12cm. 20 bulbs.
Violacea Black Base (T. humilis) - Rich purple-pink flowers with brilliant black centres. Flowers March-April. Height 10-20cm. 15 bulbs.
Whittallii (T. orphanidea) - Flaming orange petals with contrasting olive-green splash. Once open flowers are large and goblet shaped. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers April-May. Height 21-30cm. 10 bulbs.