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PlantFiles: Parrot Tulip
Tulipa 'Rococo'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Rococo
Hybridized by Slegtkamp; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1942

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Division 10 - Parrot

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hart On Apr 25, 2009, hart from Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:

It's hard to capture the glorious color of this tulip in a photo. It's bright, dark crimson that just glows in the garden with a pretty grayish blue up the center of the petals. Expect it to be much brighter and prettier than the colors shown in most of the catalogs. The blue gets more noticable after the blooms have been open for a few days.

This has reliably perennialized here in Virginia and is an early bloomer, blooming just after the species tulips have faded.

Positive saya On May 22, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Breeder/hybridizer: H. Slegtkamp & Co, 1942. Sport from 'Couleur Cardinal'.

Positive mystic On Apr 23, 2004, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This tulip is so unique, I love the odd blooms and colors. It's stood up well to wind and rain.

Positive Lee955 On Apr 20, 2004, Lee955 from Westminster, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I wanted to add that parrot tulips also grow in Zone 7. I have no negatives to add to this magnificent beauty. I will be adding more of these to my garden next year.


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

Ewing, Kentucky
Chaska, Minnesota
Garner, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Fort Valley, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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