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Today’s Flower Eye Candy – Red Emperor Tulip

Today’s featured flower is the Red Emperor Tulip

I love tulips. I have a big patch of these perennial bulbs in my front garden bed and they are gorgeous.

They don’t last long but the show that they put on is just incredible for a few short weeks. 

Emperor tulips are old hybrids, but have been one of US gardeners favorites from the beginning days of gardening.

No tulip display would be complete without Red Emperors. And if you’ve never planted them, you’re in for a real treat.

Red Emperor Tulip

This Red Emperor Tulip has a vivid red color

The perennial bulb is easy to grow:

  • It grows in all light conditions from half shade to full sun.
  • Bloom time is early spring
  • The flower grows to 14-16 inches tall
  • Plant the bulbs in the fall in average soil that drains well
  • Is somewhat drought tolerant.
  • Grows in zones 3 to 8 as a perennial.

Photo credit:  American Meadows.

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