Quite possibly one of the most unique but equally splendid Tulip varieties has to be the Parrot Tulip, producing giant irregular shaped flowers with petals that resemble feathers of a tropical Parrot. Flowering from April into May, Parrot Tulips really do produce some of the most beautiful colour shades and are excellent for bedding purposes, where they can create an exotic look and feel.
Resembling the feathers of a dove or angels wings, this pure white parrot tulip comes in a pure white. Delicately feathered edges adorn each petal, which twist and turns artistically. The cup-shaped flower heads open out as the plant matures, providing an ongoing and varied display. They are held up by sturdy stems, surrounded by lance-shaped foliage. White Parrot is a versatile variety which goes with any tulip display. Its clean white colour can break up colour-heavy displays, but also look classy when planted alone.
Plant tulip bulbs in late summer or autumn. Tulips will grow well in any moist, well drained soil, except for particularly wet soils. Choose a sunny position that is sheltered from strong winds. When planting tulip bulbs avoid shallow planting as this may reduce the winter cold period that is essential for tulip bulbs to produce flowers in spring. Plant them at a depth of 15cm (6") and at a distance of 13cm (5") apart.