The Turkestan tulip (Tulipa turkestanica) belongs to Liliaceae (the Lily family). It is a perennial herb that is native to central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang). It grows up 10-15 cm tall, with 2-4 thin glaucous leaves up to 15 cm long on each stem. The margins and tips have a pinkish color. This plant produces 1-12 star-shaped flowers, grouped in a raceme from March to May. The flowers are ivory white to pinkish red, with a yellow to orange basal blotch, which extends to about a third of the tepal. The smell is often described as unpleasant.