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Triumph Tulip 'Don Quichotte'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Don Quichotte
Additional cultivar information:(aka Don Quixote)
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Division 3 - Triumph


12-18 in. (30-45 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:

Late Spring/Early Summer



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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Algonquin, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2017, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hybridized by Konijnburg & Mark, registered in 1952.

T. 'Don Quichotte' received the prestigious AGM (Award of Garden Merit) from the Royal Horticultural Society.


On Oct 29, 2010, eliasastro from Athens,
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

A fantastic large pink tulip, very tall plant too.
I grow them on shady cool places of the garden, so they don' t need to be kept in the refrigerator before sowing.
I sow the bulbs in late October.


On May 19, 2010, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is my first year with Don Quichotte so I can't comment as to whether they will come back like they did for another reviewer, but I certainly hope they do.

They are large & tall. The color is a very rich, deep pink & they stand out all the way across my large yard, just beautiful!

They bloomed after all my other tulips were finished and, in fact, are still going strong right now (May 19th). The bloom period has been long, also.

Contrary to recommendations for tulips, I planted most of them in a shady location (I have more shade in my yard than sun) & they aren't at all "spindly". In fact the only difference I'm seeing from the ones I had in full sun is that they bloomed a little later & are ever-so-slightly leaning towards the sun.
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On Mar 13, 2007, crabbybill from South Bend, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Here in Zone 5a, I was surprised that this tulip returned each season for a decade. I rarely get Triumph tulips to perennialize. It was one of the last to bloom in our garden.