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Black Parrot Tulip

Tulipa 'Black Parrot'

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Black Parrot Tulip (Tulipa 'Black Parrot') at Pesche's Garden Center

Black Parrot Tulip flowers

Black Parrot Tulip flowers

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Black Parrot Tulip (Tulipa 'Black Parrot') at Pesche's Garden Center

Black Parrot Tulip flowers

Black Parrot Tulip flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  15 inches

Flower Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


Fragrant, feather edged blooms of dark purple are flamed in black, provide dazzling contrast; has a pleasing mild fragrance and are excellent for cutting; spectacular when massed in the garden

Ornamental Features

Black Parrot Tulip has masses of beautiful lightly-scented deep purple cup-shaped flowers with dark red overtones, yellow eyes and black streaks at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Black Parrot Tulip is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Black Parrot Tulip is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Black Parrot Tulip will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Ornamental Features