This fiery ‘Red Emperor’ tulip is the earliest large-flowering tulip to bloom in spring. The luminescent red blooms are enormous and they come back year after year. ‘Red Emperor’ is a long time favorite and no wonder; they are inexpensive and foolproof to grow. Plant with grape hyacinths and Ice Follies Daffodils for a spectacular early showing. It is most effective in beds, borders or low walls. For the best effects, plant the bulbs in clusters of 5 to 15 bulbs of one or two varieties, or scatter clusters throughout the garden or flower border. You’re sure to enjoy this outstanding tulip!
Fosteriana Tulips: Tulip fosteriana is a wild species found in the mountainous areas of Central Asia. Although no longer being cultivated, numerous beautiful cultivars developed from it are still marketed. They differ from one another in height, but all have a slender flower shape and large, sometimes striped leaves. Reds are strongly represented in this assortment. The most famous of its cultivars is ‘Mad Lefeber’, better known as ‘Red Emperor’. Naturalizing is possible with these tulips. Fosteriana Tulips look particularly impressive when planted in large beds (“drifts”), and will come back year after year. A few varieties have a fragrance.
Fosteriana Tulips are more commonly known as Emperor Tulips, and the names of many of the varieties reflect this (“Red Emperor”, “White Emperor”, “Golden Emperor”, “Orange Emperor”, etc.).