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Tulip, fosteriana hybrids

Tulipa fosteriana selections

Tulip, fosteriana hybrids

Fosteriana tulips bloom early in the spring with large cup-shape flowers. The large bloom size has earned them the alternate name of Emperor tulips. The flowers may be red, orange, yellow, pink, or white, and some varieties are fragrant. Foliage may be glossy green or gray-green. Some are mottled or striped with maroon.

Use Fosteriana tulips in mass plantings, beds and borders, or containers. They naturalize well.

Pictured above: Orange Emporer tulip

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
8-18 inches tall
Plant Width:
To 6 inches wide
Flower Color:
White, Pink/Rose, Red, Yellow/Gold, Orange, Blue/Blue-Green Leaves
Bloom Time:
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Tulipa fosteriana 'Madame Lefeber') is also sometimes called 'Red Emperor.' An heirloom, introduced in 1931, it features brilliant red flowers that have a black base rimmed in yellow on the inside. It stands 16 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa fosteriana 'Orange Emperor') is a good perennializer with glowing orange blooms with a base of yellow. It grows 14 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa fosteriana 'Purissima') is also sometimes called 'White Emperor' in the horticultural trade. Pale primrose-yellow buds open to pure white flowers on stems to 18 inches tall in early to midspring. Blooms are fragrant. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa fosteriana 'Sweetheart') is an early-season bloomer that bears lemon-yellow blooms with a broad ivory white edge. It grows 18 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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