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    read up on what this article points out??  the article written for Texas, but with Texas heat, it seems they can get some species tulips to grow well (and rebloom)

    Today’s tulips are gorgeous, and they will always be show-stealers. But as Austin resident Scott Ogden has aptly noted in Garden Bulbs for the South (2007), “very few Southern gardeners give these blooms a second thought” other than as “annually renewed displays.” The reason is simple: to perform as perennials, most of today’s tulips need more winter coldness and less summer heat than are typical of the South.

    But such limitations do not apply to several of the wild ancestors of today’s hybrid tulips. These wild species tulips come from places with warm, dry summers and can perform as small-flower perennials in Texas. They are not easy to find commercially, though, because market-savvy hybridizers cater to gardeners preferring ornamentals with ever larger and flashier flowers.

    But if species tulips are considered somewhat less elegant than their cultivated descendents, they possess a charm of their own, especially in containers or rock gardens. And several of them actually naturalize in Texas.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:30:09 PM PDT

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