Hardy, mid spring-flowering tulip
Description: Dramatic blood red flowers edged orange yellow; Triumph Tulip type
Habit:: Grows 18 to 20 inches high
Culture: Prefers well-drained garden loam and full sun to part shade; plant 6-8” deep
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8.
5 bulbs per bag.
Showy striped tulips were available in American nurseries by the end of the 18th century. Philadelphia nurseryman, Bernard McMahon, offered various sorts by 1804. Tulips were extremely popular flowers in Jefferson’s day, as much a symbol of prestige as gardening skill, and Jefferson mentions tulips more than any other flower in his Garden Book. ‘Kees Nelis’ is a 1951 introduction that looks very similar to ‘Keizerskroon’, the oldest variety still in cultivation, introduced in 1750.