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Top Lips Tulip

Tulipa 'Top Lips'

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Top Lips Tulip (Tulipa 'Top Lips') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Top Lips Tulip flowers

Top Lips Tulip flowers

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  4 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Ornamental Features

Top Lips Tulip has masses of beautiful cherry red cup-shaped flowers with pink overtones and white tips at the ends of the stems in late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive sword-like leaves remain green in colour with showy creamy white variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Top Lips Tulip is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Top Lips Tulip is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Top Lips Tulip will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

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