Parrot Tulip Varieties

Parrot tulips' unusual shape, size and color patterns make them striking in any garden.
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Namesake

Though the rich mustard color inside looks tame, the exotic Tulipa 'Blumex' shows you why they're called parrot tulips with vivid orange, green and even a tinge of purple on the outer blooms.

Don't Mess With Texas

Tulipa 'Texas Flame' has big "flaming" yellow and red blooms. 

All White

Though parrot tulips are often revered for their showy, bi-colored blooms, that doesn't mean that those with all-white gardens should give them the cold shoulder. 'White Parrot' offers silky, ivory flowers with just a touch of green.

'Apricot Parrot'

'Apricot Parrot' has beautiful pink and yellow-orange flowers that look good enough to eat.

Polly Want a Tulip?

Parrot tulips are a large, vibrant variety of tulips with fringed, curled or frilled edges. Plant a few for a unique splash of color or plant them en masse to turn your garden into a tropical paradise.

Flamingo Tulip

'Gemma' produces elegant, frilled pink flowers that resemble a flamingo's wings.

Spring Gift

'Yellow Present' has creamy yellow flowers that bloom in mid-spring.

Requiem for a Tulip

This beautiful parrot tulip brings music to our ears. 'Libretto Parrot' features delicate, almost iridescent pink and cream flowers. Try them in a cottage garden or an all-white garden for a shimmery pink effect.  

Let the Right One In

Not only are parrot tulips stunners in the garden, but they are beautiful and fragrant choices for cut flowers in vases and arrangements.

Get Lucky

Here's a tulip that's a hit: 'Lucky Parrot' produces bright magenta blooms with a touch of cream on its frilled edges.

Upstream

'Salmon Parrot' blooms showy salmon to peach flowers in mid-spring.

The Professor

Trowels down! A sport (a slightly different variety caused by a natural mutation) of Tulipa 'Salmon Parrot', 'Professor Rontgen' shows off deep orange, apricot and yellow blooms.

Gold Rush

This tulip is called 'Bright Parrot' for a reason: vivid red petals with amazing gold edges bloom from mid- to late-spring.

Curtain Call

'Black Parrot' has dramatically flaring, deep purple petals that are almost black inside. The dark color is perfect for contrasting with light-hued flowers.

Estella, You're a Star

'Estella Rijnveld' shines as one of the most flamboyant parrot tulips. Red, almost fuchsia, and white flares from this showy tulip in mid-spring.

Pretty in Pink

'Weber's Parrot' has pretty pink and cream flowers with just a hint of green at its base.

Super Tulip

What makes 'Super Parrot' a garden-hero is that they start out a vibrant green...

Super Tulip: The Sequel

...and then open up to a fresh, crisp white!

'Green Wave'

Spectacular 'Green Wave' greets you on spring mornings with wide-opening pink, cream and green flowers.

On Fire

The attractive, late-spring blooms of 'Flaming Parrot' have vibrant red and yellow patterns that – yep, you guessed it – resemble beautiful flames.

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