The flamboyant ‘Blue Parrot’ Tulip is sure to add an exotic flare to any garden. The blossoms are huge and lush, with showy scalloped plumage and sensational striations. The tall slender stems bear large violet blue flowers flushed with bronze/purple inside. The fairy tale fringe and unusual coloring makes them worthy of a prominent position in your garden or planter. It is the slightly lighter version of ‘Black Parrot’ with completely different parentage; they are sports of Blue Aimable and Philippe de Comines respectively. Lovely next to grey and dark red leaves! You’re sure to enjoy this outstanding tulip!
Parrot Tulips: These whimsically-shaped, unusually-colored tulips have been developed from mutations of certain late-flowering tulips, and from tulips in the Triumph group. The petals of these tulips are serrated or “fringed”. As the large flowers are exposed to the sun over time, they open so widely that they almost flatten out. The flowers are green as buds, and as they grow it may seem as if the tulips will remain entirely green forever. But as the flower matures and opens, the brilliant colors are revealed. This is when their black, star-shaped centre and their bright yellow stamens become apparent. Some varieties are known as ‘bi-colored’, but are actually ‘tri-colored’ because of their ever-present green color. Although the stems of Parrot tulips are fairly strong, the great size of their flowers prompts one to plant them in sheltered spots in the garden. The flowers are somewhat sensitive to the effects of long-lasting cold, wet weather.