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Triumphs & Darwins

These hybridized tulips would look great in your garden!

Triumph tulips gained a place on the Classified Tulip List in 1935. They were the result of hybridization between single early tulips and late flowering varieties. The resulting flowers are substantial and are borne on stems of medium length.

Triumphs can be forced successfully and also look lovely in the garden. ‘Barcelona’ has especially large blooms of fuschia-purple, and ‘Black Jack’ has glossy flowers that are purple-black and combine well with every other flower color so look great in arrangements.

Darwin hybrid tulips obviously also resulted from hybridization and have remarkably tall strong stems and blooms that are vibrant colors like one of their parents Tulipa fosteriana. They are not used for forcing but combine well with perennials in the garden. They can also be grown in southern parts of the country if the bulbs are pre-cooled.

‘American Dream’ is a bright orange, and ‘Burning Heart’ has ivory petals with red contrast. Any Darwin hybrid with ‘Impression’ in the name behaves like a perennial in the garden, (as long as the deer don’t get them), and has big blooms. For example ‘Pink Impression’, ‘Red Impression’, and ‘Salmon Impression’ are winners.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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