Single Late Tulip 'Temple of Beauty'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Temple of Beauty
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Division 5 - Single Late


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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)

By dividing the bulb's scales

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:

Forest Falls, California

Provo, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 6, 2009, nonigardens from Provo, UT wrote:

This tulip and it's sisters Hocus Pocus, Temple's Favorite and Perestroika are some of my favorites. We plant thousands of bulbs in our gardens every year and these late May bloomers never fail to perform. Their 28" height makes them wonderful to combine with lower growing late bloomers or just as a group by themselves. Truly wonderful additions to the spring garden!


On Apr 28, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have seen it flowering in Keukenhof this year (2008)...oooh it was really huge..I had problems to take nice photos of simply did not fit in my lens. Very impressive!


On Sep 6, 2006, Boyed from Vanadzor
Armenia (Zone 6a) wrote:

‘Temple of Beauty’ tulip was introduced in 1959 by Dirk W. Lefeber, a world leading and renowned tulip hybridizer and the introducer of Darwin Hybrids. He created a higher level of excellence in tulip size, color combinations, and garden performance.
This sensational interspecific hybrid arose from a cross involving the salmon rose lily-flowered tulip ‘Mariette’, from which it gets its color, and unknown Greigii cultivar, which has endowed it with faint leaf markings that fade as the plants mature, and bulb shape typical of T. Greigii. The elongated flower shape is intermediate between Lily-flowered and Greigii tulips. It is a triploid tulip, which presumably accounts for its stature: being very vigorous and having extremely gigantic sizes. This giant is considered to be the largest... read more