Scarlet-red flowers and stripy leaves add a touch of drama to spring borders and containers.
Tulip 'Red Riding Hood' has been much loved since it was first grown in our gardens - perhaps because it is a plant of two halves. With Zebra stripes of maroon-red and green, the leaves create a colourful backdrop to the flowers and add early interest and texture to borders from the moment they appear. Planted at the front of a sunny gravel garden or on a rockery, the leaves will steal the show until the searing scarlet red flowers pop open from green buds that have sat in suspended animation for weeks. The flowers are perfectly timed to begin the link from spring into summer when most Daffodils have completed their show and colour can be in short supply. Slowly changing from green to red, the buds swell and open to expose their black and white centres.
A hard working, versatile and vibrant spring bulb - the perfect addition to planting schemes and containers.
Please note that the pot in the photograph is for illustrative purposes only and is not supplied with the plant.
Plant Type: Spring Bulb
Hardiness: H7: Hardy - Very Cold Winter (Below -20C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 20cm x 15cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Red
Flower Colour: Red
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Bulbs should not be eaten/skin irritant
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden
Season of Interest: Spring
Flowering (from - to): April
Dwarf Tulips grow best in a sunny position and in soil that's not too wet in winter. Either remove the pot and plant into well prepared soil by digging a hole twice the size of the pot or simply plunge the pot into a border or larger container and remove it once the flowers have been enjoyed. Allow the flowers and leaves to die back naturally. Because Tulips die back after flowering (known as 'summer dormant') they require very little watering but keep containers watered in dry weather whilst they are flowering.