Tulip sylvestris

The wild native tulip which grows well in grass and in light shade under trees and it has a delicious scent. Plant it this year and it will be there for decades. More
15 bulbs 260865-15 £6.95 Delivery late September
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30 bulbs 260865-30 £12.95 Delivery late September
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Or buy this as part of our Tulips to Naturalise Collection.

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The wild native tulip which grows well in grass and in light shade under trees and it has a delicious scent. Plant it this year and it will be there for decades.

Our tulip bulbs are the best and biggest we can find, from tried and trusted growers. Don't forget that tulips like to be planted late in October and November with the colder weather, and need a little watering if planted in pots.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species sylvestris
Variety sylvestris
Type Perennial
Common Name Wild native tulip
Border Position Ground Cover (Scattered)
Bulb Size 6/7

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Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30cm (12in)
Spacing Plant 20cm (8in) deep, 8cm apart. Layer bulbs if room is tight.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant outdoors October - December.
Care Tips Don’t plant tulips until mid-late October. Plant pointy end up 10-15cm deep, 8cm apart in borders (less in containers). You can use a mycorrhizal Bulb Starter. After flowering leave the foliage to die back naturally if you want to reuse the bulbs.
Flowering March - April
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper and soak for 8 hrs. This helps keep the stems straight.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Protecting tulips from pests

Protect your tulips this spring from their main pests. This short guide shows you how to avoid tulip fire and squirrels.

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

Gardening at home with Sarah | May Tulips

Sarah shares her favourite tulips for companion planting, growing in shade and pots.

Gardening at home with Sarah | The best tulips at Perch Hill

In our latest video, Sarah shares her favourite tulips for picking, pots, borders and grass.

Gardening at home with Sarah | Tulips at Perch Hill

Watch as Sarah discusses her favourite varieties currently growing in the gardens at Perch Hill.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

How to plant and grow tulips

Find out the best way to plant your tulip bulbs for a great display next spring.

How to plant tulips using a traditional bulb planter

On a particularly blustery autumn day in October, Sarah shows you how to plant tulips with a bulb planter.

How to grow tulips in container pots

Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.

Understanding the 15 different tulip groups

The full list of the different tulip groups, with a little specification, as well as an example. We hope from this you can learn a bit more to help...

A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill

Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She...

Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

We had our first light frost this morning, which has made me start thinking about planting tulips...


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Tulip sylvestris reviews

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Reviewed 11th November 2019 by Phillip

Heard about them from Gardeners World. These were the best on offer.
Prompt delivery and now we wait and see

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Ms E Vizard-Williams

These all came through and looked lovely in the garden.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Same reason as previous item

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Pat

100% flowering. Good colour

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Susan

service good but bulbs didn't flower very well this time

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Reviewed 27th June 2019 by Shani

Very pleased with the tulips , , and very happy with service ,packaging and information provided.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Edward

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Mrs Cruise

They grew as expected and looked pretty.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Carole

Beautiful and scented

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Reviewed 23rd April 2018 by Martine Garbacz

I hesitated in ordering this tulip as it did not look very exciting in the catalogue but as it was promised to be scented, I decided to forget any misgivings. How right I was! This is a lovely tulip, quite tall in my garden (which surprised my as it looked quite short in the catalogue) and very early (March) here in North London, with a lovely shape, its head hanging gracefully. It has a fantastic scent and keeps well in a vase, which I did not expect for a wood tulip. I shall be ordering more next year.
My other tulips (Helmar, Havran, Cairo) have got sensational colours but this one is my favourite, because of its delicacy and sweet scent.

Perfect Tulip for Naturalising

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Christine Miles

These golden tulips are just wonderful, now opening as the daffs are going over here in North Wales (23 Apr). I planted these quite late, in groups of three and this is their first year. They are only 8-10" tall at the moment, which to be honest is just perfect in our exposed location. I am so delighted, I will be ordering more this autumn. I have never seen these anywhere else before, so many thanks Sarah Raven!