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Tulip, Peony-Flowered cultivars

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Double Late Tulip
Tulipa sp. peony flowered, double late cultivars
Liliaceae Family

Lush and showy, Peony-Flowered Tulips have bowl-shaped, fully double large blooms. They may be a single color, or vividly marked with stripes, flames, feathers, or colored margins.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 7

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • indoors as a houseplant - The bulbs may be forced to grow indoors. Plant them in a shallow pot, in well-drained potting mix. Position the bulbs with their flat sides facing towards the edges of the pot. Lightly water the pots, place them in sealed plastic bags, and chill at 3
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.75 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time: late spring

Flower color:

  • red
  • orange
  • yellow
  • green
  • indigo
  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Foliage color:

  • light green
  • medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers as cups

Blooms borne on upright flower stems.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - products of horticultural selection
  • fragrant - Some cultivars are fragrant.
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Plant the bulbs 5" beneath the soil surface in the fall. After the leaves have died back following flowering, dig up the bulbs and allow them to mature in a warm, dry location. In the fall, replant large bulbs, and place the smaller bulbs in a starting bed to mature. When enlarged, plant them in the garden.

Maintenance and care:
Remove faded flowers, and do not remove the foliage until it has yellowed and begun to die back (up to 6 weeks).

These tulips do not perform well in Zones 7 to 9. To grow in these Zones, purchase cold-treated bulbs and grow as annuals. A few cultivars are suited to perennial warmer growth.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Slugs and snails

Bulb rot
Root rot
Gray mold
‘Angelique’: 1’ tall plants with very pale pink-flushed blooms with varying shades of pink. The petal bases may be tinted with green or yellow.

‘Blue Spectacle’: 1 ½’ tall plants with showy very dark reddish-purple blooms tinted with blue.

‘Carnaval de Nice’: 10’ to 1 ¼’ tall plants with white blooms marked by red striping and feathering. Very showy.

‘Crème Upstar’: 1 ¼’ tall, late-blooming plants with yellow blooms marked with thin green vertical striped and rose-peach margins.

‘Gerbrand Kieft’: 10” to 1’ tall, late-blooming plants with white-margined reddish violet blooms.

‘Lilac Perfection’: 1 ½’ tall, late-blooming plants with deep blue-purple blues tinted with paler purple at their margins.

‘Mount Tacoma’: 1’ tall, late-blooming plants with white blooms.

‘Uncle Tom’: 1 ½’ tall, late-blooming plants with deep maroon/wine colored blooms.

‘Upstar’: 1 ½’ tall, late-blooming plants with white-flamed and -based rose-pink blooms.

‘Wirosa’: 8 to 10” tall wine-colored blooms with cream margins.