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Parrot Tulip 'Rococo'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Rococo
Hybridized by Slegtkamp
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Ewing, Kentucky

Clawson, Michigan

Chaska, Minnesota

Garner, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Salt Lake City, Utah

Fort Valley, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2016, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Tulips are said to need full sun but this little dynamo of a tulip has returned and bloomed annually on the north side of the house where it gets NO full sun and only bright reflected light. The lack of sun doesn't seem to bother it at all. The crimson color is very saturated and shows up from a long way away. This would be a satisfying tulip for the front of the bed in seemingly any bright location.


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.


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

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


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.


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.