Little Princess

'Little Princess'
Dwarf Tulip


"Tulips are tripping down the path
In spite of war, in spite of wrath."

-Angela Morgan,
1873-1957

   

Although listed as a cross between two dwarf species tulips, Tulipa hageri with T. aucheriana, the precise species mix is complicated by the fact that some experts feel that T. aucheriana is a clone or hybrid of T. humilis, while T. hageri has arguments for it belonging to the T. orphanidea complex.

'Little Princess' is in any case a vigorous dwarf with the most remarkable variety of colors on each flower: black anthers surrounded by a blue-black eye surrounded by a zone of brightest yellow with the bulk of the pointed petals a fiery orange-red on the inside, while the outside of the petals are melon-orange streaked with red & having a faint green sheen.

The flowers sometimes start out pastel with a predominance of tangerine, with the fiery reds increasing as the flower ages, so that it goes through a progression of color intensities.

At only four to six inches tall, they belong at the front of a flowerbed or rockery, with nothing larger hiding them. They will do so-so in a little bit of shade, but really prefer full sun because the petals open fullest & stay open longest in the sunniest locations.

See also:
Tulipa hageri 'Little Beauty'
and the coppery red
T. hageri 'Splendens.'

   



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