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Tulipa 'Black Parrot' (10)
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tulip 'Black Parrot'

'Black Parrot' is a bulbous perennial to 50cm in height, with broad greyish foliage and large deep purple flowers, blackish within and with frilled margins, in late spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Black Purple Green Grey Silver
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause severe discomfort following ingestion, may cause an allergic skin reaction. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Tulipa are bulbous perennials with characteristic flowers, in a wide range of colours, in spring

Name status

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Parrot Group tulips have single flowers, open cup-shaped, the tepals with finely cut margins and usually striped with contrasting colours, opening in mid to late spring

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 10 to 15cm deep in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with protection from excessive wet and shelter from strong winds; see tulip cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by lifting and separating offsets; see bulb propagation

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Garden edging
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead after flowering

Pests

Can be damaged by slugs, aphids and stem and bulb eelworm; squirrels may eat the bulbs

Diseases

May be subject to tulip fire, tulip viruses and bulb rots

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