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English: Tulip
German: Tulpe
French: Tulipe de Didier
Spanish: Tulipa
Italian: Tulipano di Didier
Swedish: Tulpan
Finnish: Tulppaani

Tulipa didieri (Tulipa x gesneriana) is one of the so called 'neo-tulips'. These are naturalised garden tulips known for centuries from various locations in southern Europe. Well known in the 1800's from Savoy in France and Valais in Switzerland in abandoned cornfields and edges of alpine valley fields. Very rare, the type was thought to be extinct because of collecting and agricultural practices in the 1900's, but then found in small isolated populations in the 1990's. Since then brought back to cultivation and available from specialist bulb growers, it's extremely rare in the wild and protected in France and Switzerland.The origin of the 'neo-tulips' is unknown, but associated with agriculture and maybe ancient saffron cultivation. Described in 1846.

T. didieri is 30-40 cm tall with 3-4 leaves and small bright red flowers. The flower is of classic tulip shape with slightly reflexed tepals. The basal blotch is black with narrow creamy white or yellow edge. It flowers in April/May.

T. didieri has pretty classic tulip shape.

The basal blotch is black with whitish yellow edge.

Tulipa didieri



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