The Claudia is a large Lily Flowering Tulip [Class 13: Fosteriana Tulips] produces deep rose to purple colored blooms with narrow white margin.
Class 13: Fosteriana Tulips were developed from Tulipa fosteriana, a wild species of tulip found in mountainous areas of Central Asia. The resulting Fosteriana Tulips differ somewhat in height, but all have a wonderful flower shape with huge, wide petals in bright colors.
The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.