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TULIPA 'Blue Parrot'
Blue Parrot Tulip, Parrot Tulip
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Lots of romantic visions arise when describing the Blue Parrot tulip's flowers. First off, a true blue pigment color in tulips remains elusive. However, the deep rosy-violet blooms of 'Blue Parrot' looks like a colorful heap of whipped cream or a ruffle of parrot feathers. Perched atop sturdy stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have at least six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this hybrid tulip is best treated as an annual. This cultivar is also fragrant, blooming mid-season: roughly in mid-spring, slightly later in cold winter regions.
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' worth 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. This cultivar is good for winter forcing in large containers, and the long stems make it an exceptional cut flower.
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"-17" / 30.5cm - 43.2cm
Spring, Late Spring
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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