Darwin Hybrid Tulips are known for the HUGE size of their brilliantly coloured flowers. The blossoms are an almost perfect pyramid shaped when closed, but they can measure as much as 6" (15 cm) in diameter when fully opened.
Because of their long stems, lovely pyramid shape, and brilliant colours, Darwin Hybrids are often considered the very best type of tulip to raise for cut flowers. However, there are definite advantages to growing them for beds and borders, especially in areas where they can be sheltered from strong winds.
Unlike many types of tulip which only look well for the first couple of years, Darwin Hybrid Tulips will come back looking great year after year (provided you don't cut the leaves off after blooming). As a result, you will sometimes hear them called "perennial" tulips.
A few varieties have a fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety.
|Flowering time:||mid to late spring|
|Plant height:||12 - 34" (30 - 86 cm); average: 18 - 24" (46 - 60 cm)|
|Minimum planting depth:||6" (15 cm)|
|Hardiness zones:||suitable for zones 3 - 7|
|Colours:||white, pink, yellow, orange, red, purple, black|
|Shape/form:||one large, pyramid-shaped bloom per stem|
very long, sturdy stem
|Notes:||outstanding as cut flowers; good for beds, borders, and indoor forcing|
best kept out of the wind, due to their height
|Example varieties:||Ad Rem* (red/orange), Apeldoorn (red), Big Chief (raspberry with yellow base), Burning Heart (cream with red), Cream Jewel (creamy white), Daydream* (yellow with apricot orange edges), Elizabeth Arden (dark pink), Francoise (white), Golden Apeldoorn (yellow), Golden Parade (yellow), Holland's Glory* (scarlet), Ivory Floradale (ivory white, especially tall), Kingsblood (red), Menton (apricot with orange edges), Ollioules (dark pink with light rose edges), Olympic Flame (yellow with red flames), Orange Bowl (orange and yellow), Oranjezon* (orange), Oxford* (red), Parade (red), Pink Impression (rosy-pink), President Kennedy (sherbet orange and red), Queen of the Night (black), Sorbet (white and pink)|
|Big Chief||Burning Heart||Menton|
|Olympic Flame||Golden Parade||President Kennedy|
|Olioulles||Queen of the Night||Pink Impression|
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