Tulip is a bulbous herb type of plant, belongs to the genus Tulipa and the family Liliaceae. This group’s lineup is as varied as 100 species, natively scattered around countries in Eurasia.
In addition, two-thirds of which commonly grow in the southeastern Soviet Union and the eastern Mediterranean.
Some of the species are popular among gardeners and florists. They become the most awaited thing to see when the blooming season comes, but when do tulips bloom, by the way?
In April and May, you will see the prettiest forms of these plants.
This page is going to disclose nine tulip types with 13 species under the category.
For your information, it does not include Liriodendron or the so-called tulip tree because it belongs to a very different classification of genus and family. Well, keep on reading!
Darwin Hybrid Tulips
Producing perennial tulip flowers, Darwin Hybrids are ideal for cutting due to its strong stems and large blooms.
Their bright colors will beautify any landscape for a long time up to several years. You can see them bloom in midseason together with nearly all types.
They strive amazingly, even when the weather and the wind are unfriendly. Among the Darwin Hybrid Tulip types, there are Ad Rem and Ivory Floradale species.
Ad Rem must be your priority reference when you look for a scarlet color to grow in the garden.
It grows with soft pink and orange tints as well as a bright yellow line on the edges of the petals, making it a significant vibrant among the other late bloomers.
Blooming in a color of delicate ivory-yellow, Ivory Floradale becomes the most adorable tulip plant with Darwin Hybrid characteristics.
Its robust stems could grow up to 24 inches long (around 60 cm).
Double Early Tulips
People, or even you, often mistake these elegant tulip flowers for peonies. It is unsurprising because they appear with multi-layered wide flowers just like the resemblance.
They also have more fragile composure and shorter stems than the other tulips.
Although so, they are resistant to the harmful unfriendly weather. They bloom at the beginning of the season, just as their name implies. Among the varieties of Double Early types, there are Foxtrot and Mondial.
Sweet adjective is only understating this pretty flower. Being pink with a joyous smell and small appearance has made Foxtrot cute from every angle.
Resembling that of cotton candy, the coloring gives the right intriguing effect to any garden.
Although short, the stems are strong so it does not matter for Foxtrot to grow on areas without shades to cover it from rain.
Being easy to grow, Mondial benefits you in all of the elegance it has to offer. Beautiful soft creamy yellow tone, large blooms, strong stems, and sweet fragrance are not everything.
This variety is also resistant to bad weather, though its stalk is relatively short. Moreover, its ability to grow only up to 12 inches long makes Mondial the smallest variety of tulip plants.
Double Late Tulips
These tulip types share the same traits as the other double variety. They only differ in the blooming time, where they get their names. Among the late bloomers, there is Double Sugar.
Being non-resistant to adverse weather, Double Sugar makes you want to be cautious by planting it in shaded areas. However, everyone will think that kind of treatment is only right for this unique tulip species.
Unlike other tulip varieties in appearance, Double Sugar looks more like a hybrid specimen of rose and peony.
Its layered petals with rather feathered edges serve a gorgeous look, reminding us of those flamenco dancers in a red dress.
Once bloom, it will show its ombre color from late spring until much later in your garden.
Among tulip varieties, Fosteriana tends to grow longer and larger flowers in vivid color. In Europe landscaping, this species is very popular, but it is not the case in the US.
So, if you look for the best type for naturalizing, perennializing, and forcing, you are looking at one in the category.
Fosteriana is an early bloomer with harmonious orange and yellow shades. Consider underplanting it with purple Pansies or blue Muscari to get absolute contrast. Flaming Purissima is one of the species.
Listed in 1999, Flaming Purissima has caught attention ever since with its trait of fading in a different color from when it starts to bloom. It fades in speckled pink after blooms in creamy yellow.
This variety ranges from 10 to 20 inches long. It is the perfect height to be in borders, garden beds, or containers.
It has another name, Crispa Tulip, but you might remember ‘fringed’ better since it is how it looks with nicely cut fringes at the edges of the flower petals.
The natural trait makes it unusual but in a good way. This variety blooms from the middle to the end of spring.
There are Bell Song and Davenport among the Fringed Tulip species.
Bell Song produces flowers in coral, lilac, and pink shades with paler color on the fringed edges. Though it appears beautifully and makes you want to touch, this variety is toxic to humans and pets, so be careful with that.
Such a beauty blooms in times like any other Fringed Tulips. You can enjoy the view it offers for quite a long time.
Similar to Bell Song, Davenport also has toxic properties. Despite the fact, you can still enjoy its gorgeousness from afar.
Do not miss the chance to witness how it transforms itself from red in its beginning blooming days to bright yellow later.
With attractive purple-striped leaves, Greigii Tulips prove their adorable trait by becoming the most loved species in Europe.
During the season, its flowers will widely open to let you enjoy their interior shades, whereas the foliage will look the same even after the blooming time is over.
Overall, Greigii Tulips display a vivid view in the middle of spring, moreover if you plant it along with the other midseason bloomers, like Hyacinths, Anemones, and Daffodils.
This variety is the best for forcing and bedding. Among the list, there are Winnipeg species.
Winnipeg is one of those petite tulips, which grow up to only 8 inches long. Its cuteness show more during early to midseason when it blooms with 3–5 flowers each bulb.
Unlike any other, this multi-flower trait is beneficial when you want to get more blooms from fewer tulip bulbs.
Plant them in a container pot to obtain a dense-looking planter full of vibrant shade. The red stripes on yellow color will be gorgeously visible under direct sunlight.
Kaufmannianas belong to early bloomer tulips with widely open flowers resembling those of water lilies.
They grow compactly, thus will look very nice in the borders or rock gardens. Among the list of species, the Ancilla variety is one of them.
In 1993, Ancilla once won the Award of Garden Merit. Perhaps, its ability to transform itself not only in shape but also in color makes it deserves the reward.
When the flowers open up under the sun, they show white petals with yellow and red markings.
Meanwhile, you will see faded pinkish-red when they close. It is like looking at two different varieties, whereas there are only one species.
Being easy to naturalize, Ancilla will return every year with more plants after spreading out.
Lily-Flowered Tulips belong to late bloomers. They look elegant and appear as their name implies, making it more than ideal for cutting and bedding. There is Fly Away among the species list.
You need sheltered areas to plant Fly Away and enjoy the plant blooms in its best condition since harsh weather could affect it badly. It derives the name from how its petals look with a cup-shaped flower.
This species will dazzle any landscape by presenting a combination of canary yellow and scarlet shades.
The widest color range comes from the Triumph tulip types. They also own the largest group with stems of medium length.
Thus, you will find so many choices for short-term bedding and forcing in this tulip type alone. Among the lots, there are Atilla and Gavota species.
Can grow up to 18 inches tall (around 45 cm), Attila’s magenta blooms are perfect to give a dramatic color to any landscape.
As their deep stunning colored petals are not enough, you can sniff sweet fragrance from them as well. Therefore, they bring a nice feel to your sight and smell.
Gavota species has won an award once in 2010 given by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is to no one’s wonder, as this plant produces flowers in a luscious combination of deep red wine and soft yellow.
Now, you know that tulip comes in plenty of varieties under the genus Tulipa.
Among the varying species, the most awaited ones to see are those of Darwin Hybrids, Double Tulips, Fosterianas, Fringed Tulips, Greigiis, Kaufmannianas, Lily-Flowered Tulips, and Triumphs.
Though beautiful and offer limitless appealing charms, you might want to be careful around tulip as some of the species have toxic properties.