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Tulip, parrot hybrids

Tulipa selections

Tulip, parrot hybrids

Parrot tulips are flamboyant with their curly, twisted, and fringed petals that resemble the colorful feathers of the tropical bird of the same name. However, their beak-shape buds are what earned them their moniker. Nearly all varieties of parrot tulip are vibrantly colored, and many are two-toned.

Parrot tulips bloom mid- to late season on stems ranging from 12 to 28 inches tall. Their huge blooms do not stand up well in windstorms or rain, so plant them in a sheltered location.

Pictured above: Flaming Parrot

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
12-24 inches tall
Plant Width:
To 6 inches wide
Flower Color:
White, Pink/Rose, Blue/Violet/Lavender, Red, Yellow/Gold, Orange, Green, Bicolor
Bloom Time:
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Tulipa 'Black Parrot') offers fringed, dark purple petals that uncurl dramatically to reveal an almost-black center. This antique variety grows 2 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa 'Estella Rijnveld') is among the most dramatic of all tulips. Its fringed white flowers are flamed in red and appear in late spring. It grows 18 inches tall. Zones 3-9
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(Tulipa 'Flaming Parrot') is a primrose-yellow variety with yellow-green streaks and red flares throughout its ruffled petals. This late-season bloomer grows on stems up to 24 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa 'Professor Rontgen') glows with lemon-yellow petals streaked with mandarin orange and blistering red with flecks of green. It is a late-season bloomer. The 24-inch-tall stems are great in bouquets. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa 'Rococo') is as ornate as its name implies. Velvety fire-engine-red petals are edged with tightly curled purple, gold, and green ornamentation. It is a late-season bloomer with stems up to 14 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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(Tulipa 'Salmon Parrot') is a midseason tulip with stems up to 24 inches tall. It bears pinkish-salmon ruffled blooms with cream and green splashes. It makes a good cut flower. Zones 3-8
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