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Single Early Tulip 'Couleur Cardinal'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Couleur Cardinal
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Division 1 - Single Early


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)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Hebron, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


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

In culture since 1845. I've brought a few already potted bulbs home with me from my visit to Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands. Even the young foliage starts dark red. I've taken a few pictures days later, the foliage has become greener but is still tinged dark red. The name of this tulip 'Couleur Cardinal' (‘Dark Red Colour’ is the translation of its French name) is well chosen. A very simple, but spot-on name for this deep red tulip. In the odd 136 years that ‘Couleur Cardinal’ has been around, it has produced an impressive number of colour mutants. A mutant is a spontaneously originated (flower colour) variation. A complete line of ‘Couleur Cardinal’ colour variations has hence formed. Very important mutations in ‘Couleur Cardinal’ were the one that provided a parrot flower shape, givin... read more