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Darwin Hybrid Tulip 'Olympic Flame'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Olympic Flame
Hybridized by A. Verschoor Jr.
Registered or introduced: 1971
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Division 4 - Darwin Hybrids


18-24 in. (45-60 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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

San Francisco, California

Clifton, Colorado

Washington, Illinois

Brunswick, Missouri

Toledo, Ohio

, Ontario

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2014, zwerfkei from Deventer,
Netherlands wrote:

correction: hybridised by: J.H.Clement

The page mentions this Tulip was hybridised by A.Verschoor.

I am 100% certain this is not right. It was hybridised by my own grandfather, J.H.Clement. He was a tulip farmer and dealer and did hybridisation as a side business. He spent many years developing a good hybride, and when he got one tulip selected, he spent many years after that multiplying it. You can imagine how many years it would take to get a field from 1 single tulip.

I have witnesses the multiplying process myself, since i lived in the same place and worked with the tulips as a kid (born 1970)

But, as things go, our tulips standing just in the open field along the road in Voorhout, near Lisse in the Netherlands, t... read more


On May 21, 2007, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sport of T. 'Olympic gold'.

Received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the British Royal Horticultural Society in 1997

According the database of KAVB (the Dutch Royal General Bulb Growers' Association)
Registrant: A. Verschoor Jr.;
Registration in 1971.


On Apr 14, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A very tall, robust, round-shaped tulip.
Unsurpassed for cutflower use, but not of a pleasant odor. Flowers first open with some red flaming, but mature with up to 30% red coverage, mostly on the interior. A good neighbor to Fritillaria imperialis. Good perennialization quality, not overly fussy.


On Apr 1, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is one of my favorites, too. In this climate, tulips have to be refrigerated before planting, since the "winter" isn't cold enough to get them to bloom on their own. Thus, tulips are usually considered "annuals", to be discarded after the bloom is over. However, I have dug up and re-refrigerated my "Olympic Flame" tulips and they have bloomed several years in a row.


On Mar 31, 2003, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This is my most successful tulip. I have been growing it for years, and it just keeps coming back and blooming every year. I bought some new Olympic Flame bulbs and they did better then the other darwin hybrids, which I was growing.