Double early tulip

Family: Liliaceae

Flowering period: early

Average plant height: 20 – 30 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 5 cm

Type of bulb: bulb

Landscape uses: beds, borders and rock gardens

These are beloved tulips that have double flowers; short, sturdy stems; and an early flowering period. They can be used in many ways, but are especially favoured for beds and containers where they produce brilliant colour effects. On a sunny day when the flowers are entirely open, they measure about 7.5-10 cm across.

The variety of colours available in this group is not as great as it is for other groups, however, its double flowering more than compensates for this. If these tulips are grown in combination, it would be best to use the ‘Murillo sports’. Although these vary in colour, they are almost identical when it comes to height, flowering periods and flower size.

Most significant cultivars

  • ‘Abba’**: red with a flame
  • ‘Carlton’: blood-red
  • ‘Crimsonia’*: light red
  • ‘Electra’*: magenta-red
  • ‘Kareol’**: deep golden yellow
  • ‘Monsella’**: yellow with red flames
  • ‘Monte Carlo’**: sulfur yellow
  • ‘Montreux’**: yellow
  • ‘Orange Nassau’*: deep orange
  • ‘Peach Blossom’*: tender pink
  • ‘Queen of Marvel’**: pinkish red
  • ‘Schoonoord’*: pure white
  • ‘Stockholm’* **: bright red
  • ‘Verona’**: yellow
  • ‘Viking’**: flamed scarlet with green stripes
  • ‘Willem of Orange’: orange, flushed with copper-red
  • ‘Willemsoord’*: red with white edge

* Murillo sport

 **Excellent for forcing

As is the case with most other tulip classes, these are also offered as mixed colours.