Types Of Tulip Flowers: Learn About Different Varieties Of Tulip

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

If you’re new to the world of tulips, you’ll be amazed at the diversity and sheer number of tulip varieties available to gardeners, ranging from tall, stately tulips to petite, dainty tulip varieties and even a few whimsical or odd-looking tulip bulb types. Read on to learn about just a few of the many different kinds of tulips.

Varieties of Tulip


Below are the most common types of tulip flowers grown in gardens:

  • Standard – Traditional, old-fashioned tulips available in many forms and shades, either single or bi-colors. Standard tulips are easy to find and relatively inexpensive.
  • Parrot – Impressive, long-stemmed tulips distinctive for fringed, feathery, ruffled, twisted, or curled petals in a variety of vibrant colors.
  • Fringed – As the name suggests, fringed tulips display a fine fringe that gives the blooms a soft, frilly appearance. Colors include pink, red, violet, yellow and white, with the fringe often contrasting to the bloom.
  • Rembrandt –Showy, tall tulips with pale colors distinctly variegated or streaked with deep purple or reddish “flames.”
  • Fosteriana – This early bloomer displays huge blooms measuring up to 8 inches across, with short, sturdy stems that top out at about 10 inches.
  • Triumph – A cold-hardy, sturdy-stemmed variety available in a wide variety of solid and bicolors.
  • Darwin hybrids – Tall tulips in spectacular colors, mostly in the reddish-orange to red range. Varieties also include pink, white and yellow.
  • Kaufmanniana – Also known as waterlily, this tulip is an early bloomer with short stems and large blooms in various colors, most with contrasting centers. Blooms open flat in bright sunlight.
  • Viridiflora – Also known as green tulips, this variety is distinctive for its various colors, all marked with green. For example, yellow tulips with green stripes, creamy white with bluish-green mottling, or pale colors with feathery green markings.
  • Greigii – A midseason bloomer with big, colorful blooms streaked and spotted with maroon or brownish markings.
  • Double – This variety is also known as peony tulip for its short stems and lush, multi-layered blooms.
  • Lily flowering – An elegant, late-spring bloomer with long, pointy petals that arch outward at the tips. Available in a variety of colors, including white, magenta, red, pink and yellow, often with contrasting edges.
  • Single late – Also known as cottage tulip, this is one of the tallest varieties at 2 to 3 feet. The graceful blooms are oval or egg-shaped in pure, vibrant colors, often with contrasting edges.

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