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TULIPA 'Abbe Pierre'

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TULIPA 'Abbe Pierre'

Plant Common Name

Abbe Pierre Tulip, Triumph Tulip

General Description

The elegant triumph tulip, 'Abbe Pierre', is vibrant scarlet and was first introduced by breeders Konijnenburg & Mark in 1954. The fragrant tulips bloom in mid-spring and look beautiful in arrangements and spring borders. Like most hybrid tulips, 'Abbe Pierre' can be short-lived and is often treated as an annual, but it is also known to bloom reliably for several years.

Tulip bulbs can be eaten by small mammals, such as voles, and may require winter protection. Likewise, their sweet green tops are favored by deer, so they are not recommended for gardens that are frequented by the large, four-legged pests. Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow if provided full to partial sun and fertile soil with good drainage. After blooming, let the green tops of reliably perennial selections photosynthesize so they can store plenty for fuel for next spring’s display. Once their leaves start to turn yellow, they can be cut to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar/species dependent, but all require a chilling period to bloom.

Tulips offer spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as both vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb, long-lasting cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No