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Tulip

Tulipa spp.

Plant Data

Order:
Liliales
Family:
Liliaceae (Lily)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Large cup-shaped flower with many colour variations: white, yellow, orange, red, pink or purple.
Fruit:
A globular capsule with a leathery coating.
Leaves:
Most Tulip species have between 2 and 6 basal leaves. It is a strap-shaped, bluish-green, waxy leaf, borne on the stem. Stem leaves are fewer. The leaves appear alternately along the stems, reducing in size, the higher up they are. Hairs are absent from the leaves.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Some parts of Tulip are edible. The petals are edible but some people are allergic to them. Symptoms include dermatitis. Some people have reported that tulip bulbs are edible but other reports show that they're poisonous and on the rare occasion have been known to cause death. It should be advised to err on the side of caution and play it safe. The risk of eating tulip bulbs is really not worth the trouble.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Some cultivars are fragrant.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, parkland.