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TULIPA 'Black Parrot'
Black Parrot Tulip, Parrot Tulip
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While not a pure black in color, romantic visions arise when describing the Black parrot tulip's flowers. The bloom looks like a rippled heap of whipped cream or a ruffle of parrot feathers. Each wavy, petal-like tepal is extremely dark red or blackish purple-burgundy. The hybrid 'Bird of Paradise' was developed by breeder C. Keur & Sons and introduced in 1937. Perched atop sturdy stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have at least six pointed "petals." A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. This showy tulip cultivar blooms late-season: in mid- to late spring. Overly warm springtime temperatures shortens the flowering season considerably.
Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.
Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and require average to fertile soil with good drainage. Leave the lower foliage of perennial tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar/species dependent, but most require at least two months of chilly soil conditions across winter in order to bloom in spring.
Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers.
7 - 1
3 - 8
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
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Spring, Late Spring
Burgundy, Dark Red, Black
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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