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PlantFiles: Greigii Tulip
Tulipa greigii 'Red Riding Hood'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Species: greigii (GREEG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Riding Hood

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Division 14 - Greigii

6-12 in. (15-30 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral junebugblack On May 8, 2010, junebugblack from Gadsden, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I would rate Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood' neutral at best because the blooms lasted only a brief time. Kaufmanniana and greigii tulips are supposed to be some of the better tulips for the South, so I ordered 'Shakespeare', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Little Beauty', and 'Hearts Delight'. Of these four, 'Shakespeare' was by far the most showy and had very long-lasting brilliant red blooms. At the end of the blooming period, I actually pulled the others up and put them in the compost pile. I will order more 'Shapespeare', but must wait another year or two to see if they really do come back and bloom year after year in north Alabama.

Neutral saya On Jan 19, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

AKA Roodkapje. Hybridized by Hybrida. Introduced in 1953.

Positive TBGDN On Apr 18, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A short tulip reaching only 8-10" here. Very bright red blooms stand out in the mixed perennial bed. Foliage is attractive with burgundy/purple mottling. Hardy! Tolerates partial shade, requires little care.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Apr 15, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A nice heirloom-style tulip with classic greigii form. Rich red flowers with inner patterns bloom in mid to late spring on short stems and mottled foliage. A good perennializable tulip that can grow at the very front of a border wthout interfering.


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

Clifton, Colorado
Clinton, Connecticut
Douglasville, Georgia
Palmyra, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Royal Oak, Michigan
Annandale, New Jersey
, Ontario
Salt Lake City, Utah
Madison, Wisconsin

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