Gardening & Outdoors
Black 'Parrot Tulips' have beautifully gothic petals that look like feathers
You can plant them this fall for a gorgeously unique garden next spring.
Eduardo Gaskell

Gardening has grown in popularity over the past year, thanks to strict quarantine measures that had people staying indoors, bored with nothing to do. With so many choices of plants to grow, let’s check out these tulips.

Maybe you’d like to try and grow some.

The parrot tulips are the latest of my spring blooming bulbs. They get more dramatic as they open. Minnesota zone 4b from gardening

Parrot tulips first appeared in France before finding their way to the Netherlands in the Eighteenth century. These plants come in a range of colors like red, violet, yellow, orange, pink, green and near black.

They were once highly prized and really expensive.

Red and Yellow Parrot Tulip from flowers

Cup-shaped, fringed, twisted, and ruffled tulips that seem to be decorated with vivid, flame-like splashes, stripes, or feathery markings make these tulips stand out.

Parrot tulips grow to nearly 5 inches (12.5 cm.) across on 15 to 20 inch (37.5 to 50 cm.) stems.

Parrot flowers are stunning and they look best in a flower bed or a place that makes them stand out. They are colorful and striking so allow others to appreciate their exotic beauty.

Parrot tulip bulbs like full sunlight and fertile, well-drained soil. Plant them between early autumn and November. Protect them from the harsh wind though as those long stems are fragile.

You’ll want to remove blooms and flower stems as soon as flowers fade. Don’t remove the foliage until it dies down and turns yellow.

The green foliage will absorb energy from the sunlight. They’ll have food for the next blooming season. Dig up the bulbs after the foliage dies down.

Store the bulbs in a warm, dry location until temperatures drop in autumn, then replant the bulbs. Discard any bulbs that look deformed, diseased, or rotted.

The Black Parrot Tulip is a looker, both vulgar and extravagant.

The Tulip ‘Black Parrot’ displays fragrant maroon to purple flowers, flamed and edged with black. The extra-large petals have a fringed and feathery look about their wavy edges.

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They are a strikingly dark color so they would make good companions to other lighter-colored late-blooming tulips. Make a dramatic arrangement or just have fun with decorating!

These dramatic, blackish-purple, cup-shaped flowers with irregularly cut wavy petals on sturdy stems look spectacular when planted with white-flowered tulips in the ornamental border.

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The Tulipa ‘Black Parrot’ will grow in well-drained soil under full sun. When pruning, it is important to let the foliage mature and die down naturally. Next year’s bloom is being developed.

These tulips look exotic, have that sultry vibe to them, and are definitely glamorous to behold when done right.

Gardening allows you to be creative. Walk around your home and see where the sun hits best. Look for stand-out spots that will display the beauty of your growing collection.

Growing plants may seem daunting at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s a calming hobby that allows you to appreciate the beauty of nature. These tulips will have you falling in love with them every year.

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By Eduardo Gaskell
Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.