16 Different tulips
Last week we learned that there are over 3000 different tulip varieties. These 3000 are divided in 15 subgroups +1 extra. That makes 16 different tulips you can classify your tulips into. I have multiple favorite tulips. Which one do you like most?
- Single early tulips – these tulips are not larger than 8 cm (3 inch) across and they bloom early to mid season. They grow to 15 – 45 cm tall. And the flowers are cup shaped
- Double early tulips – these tulips are more bowl shaped and about 8 cm across. They grow 30-40 cm tall and the flowers are doubled.
- Triumph tulips – these tulips have a single, cup shaped flower and the flower is up to 6 cm across. They grow 35–60 cm tall and bloom mid to late season.
- Darwin hybrid tulips – these tulips have single flowers that are more egg shaped. The flowers are up to 8cm wide. They are tall up to 50-70 cm and they bloom mid to late season. Some people confuse the older Darwin tulips but those belong to the single late group.
- Singe late tulips – these tulips have a cup shaped flowers. They bloom late season. And some tulip varieties have multi flowers per stem. They become 45-75 cm tall.
- Lily-flowered tulips – these tulips have a small waist and petals with points that are bend a bit outwards. They bloom late spring and are average 30-60 cm tall.
- Fringed (Crispa) tulips – these tulips have fringed petals and somewhat look like crystals. The fringed edges look sharp but are very soft.
They bloom throughout the season but mostly late spring. And you can find them as small as 20 cm to 75 cm tall. (depends from where they are mutated from)
- Viridiflora tulips – you can recognize these tulips from the green stripe on the colored petals. They bloom throughout the season and are 40-60cm in height. They are sometimes called green tulips.
- Rembrandt tulips – these tulips are named after the famous painter Rembrandt. These tulips were extremely popular during the Tulipmania. The blooming and height varies between the varieties but you can recognize them to the stripes and flames on the petals. A virus originally caused these stripes and flames. But the modern Rembrandt tulips are virus free.
- Parrot tulips – these tulips have twisted, waved, curled and feathered petals and the flowers are very big. They range between the 30 and 70 cm tall. They bloom mid to late spring.
- Double late tulips – these double tulips almost look like peonies. The flower is very big almost up to 10 cm across. They bloom late springtime and are 30-60 cm tall.
- Kaufmanniana tulips – these small tulips (av. 15cm) are one of the first blooming tulips in season. And they were developed from the Tulipa Kaufmanniana species, which is native to Turkestan. They have pointed petals on a short stem. They almost look like water lilies.
- Fosteriana (Emperor) tulips – these tulips are also known as Emperor tulips. They bloom early springtime. And they are 25-50 cm tall. They are developed from tulips found in central asia.
- Greigii tulips – these tulips are very short (av 25 cm tall) but the flower is very large. Their bright colored two-toned petals open in the sun to 12 cm across. They bloom in early spring.
- Other Botanical Tulips – these are the tulips who don’t fit in the above classification. For example all the 150 different species of wild tulips you can find.
- Multiflowering tulips – these are not an official category but can be recognized from multiple flowers per bulb (classified in the first 15 divisions) they have 3 – 7 flowers per bulb.
They may also be classified by their flowering season:
Early flowering: Single Early Tulips, Double Early Tulips, Greigii Tulips, Kaufmanniana Tulips, Fosteriana Tulips, Other Botanical Tulips.
Mid-season flowering: Darwin Hybrid Tulips, Triumph Tulips, Parrot Tulips
Late season flowering: Single Late Tulips, Double Late Tulips, Viridiflora Tulips, Lily-flowering Tulips, Fringed Tulips, Rembrandt Tulips
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