One of the three tulips to be found on Crete (it grows on Rhodes too as well as south western Turkey) this species has made itself at home in the Dandenongs, where it grows and flowers en masse in at least one garden, and also in the garden at Buda in Castlemaine. It is stoloniferous running around freely when happy. It needs a good baking to flower well. The bulbs in our own garden often have three flowers to a stem. The green hanging buds opening to large upward facing purple pink yellow throated flowers.