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Mystery pop up in the rockery

astolat7astolat7 Posts: 4
I'd love to know what this is, it's so pretty.  We've just cleared a rockery of overgrown plants and this came up.  Thank you in advance for any information, it's my first post!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Might be one of the small Tulips like Tulipa Turkestanica.
  • astolat7astolat7 Posts: 4
    thanks very much, I'll look that up
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Very pretty. 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,169
    What a lovely plant. I wonder if it would grow here?
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,606
    As long as your drainage is good, they should @wild edges
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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823
    We planted some of the species Tulips many years ago, under a hedge, and they receive no watering or feeding from us.  Most of them flower every year.  It's south facing, we are in the South East.

    There is a great selection here.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    The stems look wrong for tulips and it isn't turkestanica (the blooms are wrong and it is too late for them). It's beautiful though, I would love to know what it is.
  • astolat7astolat7 Posts: 4
    I think you are right, not turkestana, the leaves are all wrong - they are like crocosmia or even iris leaves - sword like.  Maybe another variety of wild tulip?

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,641
    edited May 2021

    astolat7 where was pic taken?

    Sparaxis looks good suggestion.
    But in UK it would not be in flower so early would it?
    South African flower....Not  hardy in UK..doesn't take frost.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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