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Tulipa 'Blue Parrot'

Tulip

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Violet

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Blue Parrot' is useful for extending your displays as it blooms in late spring. A member of the parrot group of tulips, it has distorted flowers that you either love or hate. Despite its name, it is violet rather than blue in colour. Tulips are best planted in November as this minimises the risk of attack from the fungal disease, tulip fire, which causes the foliage to become distorted and covered with fuzzy, grey fungal growth and the flowers to either fail to open or to be marked with bleached spots. Any bulbs that become infected with this disease are best thrown away and the ground they were planted in should not be used to grow any tulips for several years. Remove the flowers as they fade to prevent plants wasting energy setting seed.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Tulipa

Cultivar: Blue Parrot

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Time to plant: November to November


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