The flamboyant, dramatic and fringed petals of the “Parrot Tulip”. Striking beauty. Considered one of the most unique and irregular shaped tulips available, the “Parrot Tulip” earned its name from resembling the feather-like appearance of a tropical parrot. Who knew? Brilliant and beautiful hues of color paired often with unusual shading and texture. The Parrot Tulip presents curled, wavy and twisted petals of blissful appeal. Viewed as artistic masterpieces on a stem, these perennials are characterized by their scalloped appeal. Parrot Tulips hold 6 petals arranged in a circular pattern of an ornate design. Often, bold serrated edges of the petals create a “ruffled” appearance. Nature’s beauty, indeed. Certainly my favorite tulip. Tulipa Gesnerana Dracontia refers to the variety of cultivated tulips known as “Parrots” which were developed from mutations of certain late flowering tulips and from tulips in the “Triumph Tulip” class. Heirloom fringed tulips, crossed with newer varieties, created the exceptional delight of stunning fringed tulips. Grand bulbous plants with showy flowers that bloom from mid-to-late season in stunning colors of white, gold, pink, purple and yellow and thrive in full sun. A brilliant display in nature, indeed.
Of interest, tulips arrived in Europe from Turkey during the mid 1500’s. The expansive range of the tulip covers Southern Europe to Northern Africa, Iran and southern China. It is said that the cultivation of tulips for commercial use was initiated during the height of the Ottoman Empire in 16th century Iran and Turkey. Quite a history with a bulbous plant of glory and distinction! Alas, these masterpieces on stems would soon be the cause for what became known as the Dutch “Tulipomania” of the 1630’s. Famous Flemish horticulturalist, Carolus Clusius, is credited with the introduction of tulips to Europe when he planted them at the Imperial Botanical Gardens of Vienna in 1573. “Parrot Tulips” are said to have experienced a renaissance on floral scene in the early 1900’s when Parrot breeders were able to increase the strength of the stem. Covetable bulbs,for certain. The tulip, itself, is eternally linked to the Netherlands. In fact, a great majority of tulips sold in the United States today are still imported from Dutch growers. Wherever the tulip is grown, its gift of beauty is enduring…
Of course, considering the beauty of the “Parrot Tulip”, perhaps there is none so striking, dramatic and beguiling as the “Black Parrot Tulip”. Alas, my personal favorite of all “Parrot Tulips”. This elegant tulip of deep allure is said to have arisen within the world of tulips in 1937. Credited in being the best “Parrot Tulip” of the 20th century, the dark, glossy maroon color of exuberantly ruffled and frilled petals will certainly endure to be a showcased tulip within our landscapes and interiors…
Consider the showstopping and flamboyant blooms of the heavily frilled and scalloped Parrot Tulip. Certain to provoke admiration and appreciation of their uniquely shaped and exotic wavy or feathery edged petals, the visual interest is striking. Feathered and curled, twisted or wavy, the distinction and dramatic beauty of the “Parrot Tulip” deserves our appreciation. Truly “Fancy” with their ornate fringe, the “Parrot Tulip” dazzles us with its bloom in the Spring. And of the incorporation of these varied tulips that are icons of the Spring Season? “Colorful sculpture with striking structure” that beckons their inclusion within our landscapes, our interiors and gracefully included in iconic moments and celebrations of life. Nature’s fringed, flamboyant and elegant masterpieces of nature, indeed….
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.”