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With their ruffled and feathered petals, Parrot tulips are aptly named due to their noted resemblance to the wings of a parrot. These flowers are some of the most flamboyant tulip varieties out there, so much so that a green gardener may not even recognize these blooms as tulips! Developed from mutations, Parrot blooms will open playfully in the presence of sunlight and will often change colors as the flower matures. Most varieties are later season blooms with a few types being among the very last to flower. Heights are commonly average although Salmon Parrot can grow a bit taller and Irene Parrot will remain a bit shorter. If possible, we recommend planting these varieties under the cover of a large tree in northern climates – or other locations receiving heavy rainfall.
Originating in the foothills of Central Europe, tulips were brought to Western Europe in the 16th century and soon became synonymous with the Dutch culture and one of the world's most popular flowers. Tulips look best when grouped into larger sized garden plantings or pots and containers – although they also present a spectacular display when blooming in our enormous Skagit Valley fields!
Tulip bulbs should be planted during the fall months so that they can flower in the spring. Bloom dates will mostly depend upon the local climate, but exposure to sun and water will also influence timing. These flowers do not require extensive sunlight and will bloom when planted in fully shaded areas. Tulips will typically produce a single flower per bulb, but some varieties will have multiple blooms. Great as a garden flower or cut and placed in a vase, tulips are known to be a declaration of love!
Color : Bluish-violet
Height : 16 to 20 inches and up
Bulb Size : 12 cm and up
Season : Late
Sun : Prefers Full to Partial Sun
Depth : 6"
Spacing : 5"
Multiplies : Yes
Naturalizes : No
Forcing : No
Scented : No
Bulb orders will be shipped between late September and early December, depending on your climate. Prices shown do not include shipping and handling. Shipping and handling charges vary by location. Please see below:
Area 2: All other states in the Continental U.S., which are not listed in Area 1, we will add 15 cents per dollar ordered. Minimum charge of $12.50 per order.
Area 3: Alaska & Hawaii - we will add 40 cents per dollar ordered. Minimum charge of $20.00 per order.
Canadian Friends: Add 15 cents per dollar ordered for shipping and handling. This will include all costs needed for the Agriculture Inspection Certificate and Customs Clearance. Minimum charge of $12.50 per order.
There will be an additional fee for all incorrect addresses.
Cancellations: A $25 processing fee will be charged on all cancelled orders. Cancellations will not be accepted after August 31.