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‘Blue Parrot’ tulips (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
‘Blue Parrot’ tulips (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Tulipa Hybrid ‘Blue Parrot’

Parrot Tulip
Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Flowers

TULIPA

Tulips vary considerably. Some are stately and formal, others dainty and whimsical; a few look decidedly bizarre. Bloom comes at some time from March to May, depending on the type.

Use larger tulips in colonies or masses, in company with low, spring-blooming plants. Use smaller, shorter types for close-up viewing—in rock gardens, near paths, in raised beds, or in patio insets.

Tulips are superb container plants; unusual kinds such as Rembrandt and Parrot are especially suited to this use.

Nearly all hybrid tulips and most species (wild) tulips need six weeks of temperatures below 45°F/7°C to initiate flower formation, and they aren’t bothered by summer drought. In mild climates, provide the necessary chill by refrigerating bulbs for 6 weeks (not near ripening fruit) before planting; then treat the plants as annuals.

Tulipa Hybrid ‘Blue Parrot’

Like most parrot tulips, this one’s large, mauve-blue, deeply fringed, and ruffled flowers are reminiscent of parrot feathers, and sit atop 16–20-in. stems. Other parrot tulips are striped, feathered, and flamed in various colors, including green. They once had weak, floppy stems, but modern types are stouter.

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