Double Early Tulip 'Monte Carlo'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Monte Carlo
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Division 2 - Double Early


6-12 in. (15-30 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Other details:

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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:

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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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Chicago, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Durham, Maine

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Belfield, North Dakota

, Ontario

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2017, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

T. 'Monte Carlo' has big, bright, sulfur yellow flowers that are fully double.Frequently there are borne more flowers than one to a stem. Flowers have a delicious fragrance that's especially pleasant when blossoms are cut and brought indoors. Because of it's shortness T. 'Monte Carlo' performs beautifully in chilly or windy spring weather.

Received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

Hybridized by: Anton Nijssen & Sons;
Registered in 1955.


On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

It's 2011 but I have to say I love these tulips! I planted them way back in the fall of 2000 after ordering them from Brecks and I still have some coming up, of course not as many anymore but they are still around. This year I have ordered from for fall planting 50 bulbs to plant along with the 50 Monte Carlo Tulips I also ordered..another fav of mine. I really like this tulip it is just so colorfull and pops out at you when you see them planted in groups together...


On May 2, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

An absolutely beautiful Tulip. So many people have commented on it, not even recognizing it as a Tulip to begin with. Blooms in April in my garden.


On Apr 28, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted 5 bulbs a few years ago, some returned for a couple of years and most of them eventually disappeared. I have had one or two that made a little foliage, now one has returned after possibly replenishing the bulb, or having grown another one to maturity.

The flower is large, bright and stands out like a beacon. It has a very strong honey scent with a touch of beeswax. It is also long lived. Rather than be disappointed that the others did not return, I am delighted that one did. It stands alone and needs nothing to enhance its beauty, it makes me smile. Delightful!