Tulipa 'Queen of Night'
single late tulip bulbs
Sultry and dramatic this finely-poised, eye-pleasing tulip looks black in spring sunshine. But its popularity lies in being perennial - coming back year after year if a little smaller in form.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: Apr-May
- Flower colour: purple-black
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 11/12
These are probably the best loved of the deep purple tulips. Their velvety, dark maroon, single, cup-shaped flowers on straight stems in May are stunning, so they do deserve their acclaim. The almost-black tulips work well in a 'bruised' coloured border, planted between other plum-coloured flowers and foliage plants. Shown here photographed with tulip 'Shirley'
- Garden care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.
- Harmful if eaten/may cause skin allergy
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