Darwin Hybrid Tulip 'Daydream'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Daydream
Hybridized by J.N.M. van Eeden
Registered or introduced: 1980
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Division 4 - Darwin Hybrids


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Garberville, California

Clifton, Colorado

Algonquin, Illinois

Bangor, Maine

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Toledo, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gilmer, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 27, 2012, naomiZ5b from Bangor, ME wrote:

Pictures don't do justice to the subtle color changes of this tulip. I find it fascinating.


On May 4, 2008, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

These, too, are my favorite tulip. They are large and cheery. The color starts out as a bright yellow with a tiny orange line around the edge. It slowly changes to a pretty golden orange that is not overly bright or gaudy. Each flower, having opened at a slightly different time, has a slightly different color which gives the group a richly blended look.

It took me a little while to appreciate the wide-open, informal look of Daydream on very sunny days.


On Mar 13, 2007, crabbybill from South Bend, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my favorite tulip.
One of a few reliable perennial blooming tulips for our area.
It starts out a plain yellow tulip. In a few days it takes on an apricot hue. It becomes deeper apricot. Given appropriate cool weather, it will bloom two weeks.
Any Tulip will "give up" once its gets into the upper 70's


On Apr 14, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Although the novelty of changing colors is grand, this tulip's petals just plain fry in the mid- to late- spring sun.
Opening a bright lemon-yellow the flowers mature to golden-orange-coral shades with broadly open petals.
They are so delicate that wind treats them like rags and it does not take much to damage them. I'm sure there are better color-changing tulips out there with better petal substance.