Although this plant has been long-grown and naturalised in the UK, it is not in fact a native, having come from the Mediterranean region hundreds of years ago. It is now found in less than 50 localities throughout the UK, and it sadly seems to have gone out of fashion as a garden plant, which is very sad, as it makes attractive, bone-hardy clumps of thin-leaved flowers, all with pointed petals of brightest golden yellow, and which will indeed spread if given the chance to compete with more vigorous intruders!
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Florentine Tulip, Wild Tulip, woodland tulip
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial