During this time, tulips became all the rage in Holland, particularly the ones with streaks and stripes of colour. These types of tulips were bought for huge sums during the so-called Tulipmania that occurred between 1593 and 1637.
We now know that these unusual markings were actually caused by a virus, which eventually caused damage to the tulip bulbs. Because of this, the original Rembrandt Tulips are no longer sold commercially. However, there are quite a few modern, virus-free, Rembrandt "look-alike" tulips available, some of which I list below.
These modern Rembrandts are mutants of existing tulips, which additionally exhibit the stripes or streaks that are characteristic of Rembrandt Tulips. A few varieties have a fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety.
|Flowering time:||variable; depends on which tulip they mutated from|
|Plant height:||variable; depends on which tulip they mutated from|
|Minimum planting depth:||6" (15 cm)|
|Hardiness zones:||suitable for zones 3 - 7|
|Colours:||stripes or flames of red, yellow, purple, pink, bronze, brown, or black on a white, yellow, orange, or red background|
|Shape/form:||variable; depends on which Tulip they mutated from.|
|Alternate names:||Broken Tulips|
|Notes:||good as cut flowers, and for beds and borders|
|Example varieties:||All of the following varieties have Rembrandt colouring, although (in terms of size, form, flowering time, etc. ) they also belong to other classes:|
1. Single Early: Keizerskroon* (red and yellow), Prince Carnival (yellow with red flames), Princess Irene* (orange with purple streaks)
|Olympic Flame||Orange Bowl||Keizerskroon|
|Union Jack||Sorbet||Ice Follies|
|Mona Lisa||Princess Irene||La Courtine|
I did come across one variety which its sellers claimed was an original Rembrandt tulip, complete with virus. This was the variety "Zommerschoon", sold on the internet by Old House Gardens. Although the vendors claimed that this was an actual virus-carrying Rembrandt Tulip, I have no way of verifying this.
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