Species tulips, sometimes called ‘botanical tulips,’ are not as commonly available from garden centers as the hybrid garden tulips from the previous slides. But they’re slowly gaining in popularity as more gardeners discover that they’re even easier to care for-and live longer-than the hybrid garden tulips. While they can be found in a wide-range of colors, species tulips have an understated elegance about them.
Species tulips are the tulips that garden tulips were developed from. In the right conditions they can spread and create sizable colonies. One aspect is the species tulips that I admire is that the fading foliage is less unsightly when going dormant than that of hybridized tulips.