The flowers have pointed petals which open almost completely flat on sunny days. A fully-opened Kaumanniana Tulip looks more like a water lily than a tulip. Some varieties have been cultivated to take advantage of this, so that the inside colour is sometimes dramatically different from the outside.
Not all nurseries offer a wide assortment of Kaufmanniana varieties. If you have trouble finding more than one or two varieties, you might try an on-line catalog like: Botanus, or the Clare Bulb Company.
|Flowering time:|| early spring|
Kaufmanniana Tulips typically flower only slightly later than Fosteriana Tulips and certain Botanical Species of Tulips but before most other types of Tulips
|Plant height:||4 - 12" (10 - 30 cm); average: 6" (15 cm)|
|Minimum planting depth:||4 - 5" (10 - 12 cm)|
|Hardiness zones:||suitable for zones 3 - 8|
|Colours:||white, yellow, pink, orange, red, violet|
|Shape/form:||single cup-shaped flower with six, pointed, slightly reflexed petals, on a short stem
flower opens almost completely flat in sun
leaves are most often striped or mottled
|Alternate names:||Water Lily Tulips|
|Notes:||ideal for rock gardens and containers; good for borders and beds|
foliage is wind resistant
|Example varieties:||Concerto (cream), Fashion (orange-red), Gaiety (rose violet and white), Giuseppe Verdi (red and creamy yellow), Heart's Delight (red and pink), Johann Strauss (red and pale yellow), Scarlet Baby (red), Shakespeare (red and orange), Showwinner (red), Stresa (red and yellow), Sweet Lady (cream base and red), Tarafa (red and white)|