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Tulip, Fringe-Flowered cultivars

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Tulipa sp. fringe flowered cultivars
Liliaceae Family

Fringe-Flowered Tulips are grown for their colorful, striking blooms, which are cup shaped with heavily fringed margins. 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 - Can be forced inside for winter bloom.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 1 to 2 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 upright spikes

Blooms borne on upright flower stems.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Product of horticultural selection.
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
‘Aleppo’: 1 ¾’ tall, late-blooming plants with orange margined deep peach-pink blooms.

‘Blue Heron’: 1 ½’ tall plants with violet blooms fringed with darker purple. The white baded and striped insides of the petals are purplish blue.

‘Burgundy Lace’: 1 ½’ tall plants with wine-colored blooms.

‘Burns’: 1 ¼’ tall plants with pale pink blooms flushed with rose on the outside, with pale white/pink bases, and violet rimmed pale pink insides flushed with reddish pink.

‘Canasta’: 1 ½’ tall, late-blooming plants with white-edged, deep red blooms.

‘Fancy Frills’: 1 ¼’ tall, late-blooming plants with pale-pink-margined, rosy pink blooms with nearly white bases.

‘Fringed Beauty’: 1’ tall, late-blooming plants with gold-margined bright red blooms.

‘Fringed Elegance’: 1’ tall, late-blooming plants with bright yellow blooms. The insides of the petals are tinted with green, and marked with bronze at their bases.

‘Hamilton’: 1 ¼’ tall, late-blooming plants with golden yellow blooms.

‘Maja’: 1 ¼’ tall, late-blooming plants with yellow blooms. The insides are yellow tinted with green, and have dark-gold bases.

‘Noranda’: 1 ¼’ tall, late-blooming plants with deep orange red bloom with orange margins and yellow-green bases.

‘Swan Wings’: 2’ tall, late-blooming plants with white blooms, the insides heavily flushed with cream from the base to the middle of the petals.