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Species Tulip 'Little Beauty'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Beauty
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Division 15 - Species


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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:


Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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 fragrant

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:

Little Rock, Arkansas

Chicago, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sparks, Nevada

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2017, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

T. 'Little Beauty' is a dwarf tulip, to 12cm high, with blue green, strap-like foliage and single flowers in spring. Flowers have an unusual colour banding along the tepals; dark purple centres fade to light purple edged with a thin band of light pink with the majority of the top petal being crimson-red.

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

This cultivar is hybridized by Van Lierop & Sons;
Registration: 1991.


On Apr 2, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Really liked this Tulip. It has a sorta prehistoric air about it. Mine grew very close to the ground. And sent out 4 leaves in pinwheel fashion. Ok I like offbeat and wierd so I am not sure they are for everyone but for me they were the cutest things. Now what I am not sure of is how they will do for next year. Very few of my tulips perennialize. And last year I tried to grow Albocaerulea Oculata Group and not only did it fail to bloom for me last year, it did not return. Hopefully these little guys do.


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

I would rate the species Tulip 'Little Beauty' neutral at best. I knew the flowers would be small, but they were smaller than I expected, and bloomed for a very short period of 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.


On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tulip is vigorous and indestructible, almost to the point of invasive. It's also gorgeous. I have a large planter with these that has to be thinned every 2-3 years, and I just plant all the extras out in my rocks/clay in front. They all come up, and they all bloom.