Kolpakowskiana Tulip Tulipa kolpakowskiana (15)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Kolpakowsky's tulip


The plant known as the Tulip features a striking and notable appearance. It typically grows from a bulb and produces lance-shaped leaves that are often characterized by a wavy or smooth margin. The leaves are arranged in a rosette at the base and are known for their lush green color that provides a perfect backdrop for the flowers. The flowers of this Tulip are particularly attractive and are the plant's most prominent feature. They bloom atop sturdy stems, presenting as cup-shaped and possessing a charm that has garnered much admiration. The petals can come in a range of colors, often exhibiting a vibrant hue that may include shades of pink, red, yellow, or even white. Some varieties of Tulips have petals that may display multicolored patterns, which include streaks or edges of contrasting colors, adding to their visual appeal. The center of the Tulip's flower contains reproductive structures that are surrounded by noticeable stamens carrying pollen. When in bloom, the Tulip flowers are often celebrated for their beauty and have a quintessential look that is synonymous with spring. They are enduring symbols of renewal and growth in many cultures and are popular in gardens and floral arrangements for their elegant form and the bright splash of color they bring to the landscape.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Kolpakowskiana Tulip, Tulipa Kolpakowskiana

    • Common names

      Tulipa kolpakowskiana Regel

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulipa kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Tulip, is considered to have low toxicity for humans. However, all parts of the tulip contain compounds that can be irritating if ingested, and the bulb is the most toxic part. Symptoms of tulip poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, individuals may experience skin irritation or an allergic reaction after handling the bulbs or flowers. It's less common for serious complications to occur from ingesting tulip parts, but it is still advisable to avoid eating any part of the plant.

    • To pets

      Tulipa kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Tulip, can be toxic to pets, particularly cats and dogs, if ingested. The most toxic part of the plant is the bulb. Symptoms of tulip poisoning in pets may include gastrointestinal upset with vomiting and diarrhea, drooling, and in severe cases, an increased heart rate and difficulty breathing. The toxicity level can vary based on the amount ingested and the size of the pet. If a pet consumes any part of a tulip, it is important to seek veterinary care promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      8 inches (20 cm)

    • Spread

      4 inches (10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ecosystem support: Tulipa kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Kolpakowsky's Tulip, provides nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, which is crucial for maintaining the health of ecosystems.
    • Aesthetic appeal: Kolpakowsky's Tulip has a distinctive, attractive appearance with colorful blooms that can add beauty to gardens and landscapes, thus enhancing the visual appeal of an area.
    • Cultural significance: Tulips, including Kolpakowsky's Tulip, have historical and cultural importance in many societies, and can be used in cultural events and festivals.
    • Biodiversity: By including endemic species like Kolpakowsky's Tulip in gardens and horticultural projects, biodiversity can be promoted and conserved.
    • Educational value: Kolpakowsky's Tulip can be used for educational purposes, as it provides an opportunity to learn about plant biology, ecology, and conservation.
    • Economic benefit: The cultivation of tulips, including Kolpakowsky's Tulip, can contribute to the economy through the sale of bulbs and flowers, as well as through tourism in regions where they are grown.
    • Habitat creation: By planting Kolpakowsky's Tulip, gardeners and landscapers can create habitats for wildlife, offering shelter and sustenance to various species.
    • Seasonal interest: With its spring blooming season, Kolpakowsky's Tulip adds seasonal interest to gardens and landscapes, marking the transition from winter to spring.
    • Landscape design: Due to its specific height, color, and blooming time, Kolpakowsky's Tulip can be used effectively in landscape designs to create desired visual effects.
    • Gardening challenge: For enthusiasts and professionals alike, the cultivation of Kolpakowsky's Tulip offers a rewarding challenge in gardening, as growing tulips can require specific conditions and care.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Tulipa kolpakowskiana bulbs can be ground up to create a natural glue for paper and cardboard crafting projects, thanks to the sticky sap they contain.
    • The stems of Tulipa kolpakowskiana can be used in basket weaving to add color and texture, as they are strong and fibrous.
    • When dried, the petals of these flowers can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, yielding soft yellow to greenish hues.
    • Tulipa kolpakowskiana can be grown as a companion plant to deter rodents in gardens, as many rodents dislike their scent and tend to avoid them.
    • The plant's strong stems can be part of floral crafts, such as homemade wreaths or as support in decorative arrangements.
    • Pressed tulipa kolpakowskiana flowers can be used for botanical art pieces, preserving their shape and color for decorative purposes.
    • The distinctive shape of Tulipa kolpakowskiana flowers makes them ideal subjects for photography projects and botanical illustration.
    • Their bright colors can act as a visual guide in designing garden layouts, helping to structure space and creating focal points.
    • Tulipa kolpakowskiana petals can be used as confetti or table decoration for spring-themed events and celebrations.
    • Dried and crushed tulipa kolpakowskiana bulbs may be used to add texture to handmade papers, giving them a unique and rustic appearance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Unique Beauty: Often grown in botanical gardens and admired by enthusiasts, Tulipa kolpakowskiana symbolizes unique beauty due to its distinctive color and shape, which stand out in the floral world.
    • Elegance: The delicate form and graceful posture of Tulipa kolpakowskiana embody elegance, making it a symbol of sophistication and refined beauty.
    • Perfect Love: As a member of the tulip family, Tulipa kolpakowskiana is also associated with perfect love, a sentiment often attached to tulips in general, representing deep emotion and commitment.

Every 2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Tulip kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Tulip, requires moderate watering to maintain moist but not waterlogged soil. During the growing season, water the plant with about 1 gallon per week, ensuring a deep watering that reaches the roots. In hotter, drier conditions, increase watering frequency to twice a week. Once the Tulip has bloomed and the leaves begin to yellow, reduce watering gradually as the plant enters dormancy. Overwatering or allowing the plant to sit in water can lead to bulb rot, so it is essential to have well-draining soil.

  • sunLight

    Tulip kolpakowskiana thrives best in full sunlight with at least 6 hours of direct light daily. They are perfect for a spot in the garden that receives ample sunlight from morning to mid-afternoon. However, in extremely hot climates, a location where they can be protected from the intense afternoon sun is beneficial to prevent scorching of the leaves and flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulip kolpakowskiana prefers a temperature range that mimics its native Central Asian habitat. It can withstand cold temperatures down to around 14°F during its dormant period, making it suitable for cooler climates. The ideal growing temperature is between 60°F and 70°F. The plant can handle short periods of higher temperatures, but prolonged heat above 80°F can be detrimental to its health and blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Tulip kolpakowskiana is not commonly necessary, but deadheading the spent blooms after flowering encourages the plant to focus its energy on storing nutrients in the bulb rather than seed production. Prune the flower stems back to the base once the blooms have faded, but leave the foliage in place until it dies back naturally to allow photosynthesis to continue replenishing the bulb. The best time for pruning is immediately after flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Tulip kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Tulip, is well-draining, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH of 6.5 to 7.5. A mix of loamy soil enriched with compost and a bit of sand for improved drainage can support healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulip kolpakowskiana typically does not need frequent repotting. They are usually grown from bulbs which should be planted in autumn and can be left undisturbed for several years unless the bulbs become overcrowded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulip kolpakowskiana prefers outdoor conditions and does not require specific humidity levels to thrive. They are well adapted to the natural fluctuations of outdoor humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, ample light, cool room.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa kolpakowskiana, also known as the Kolpakowsky tulip, begins its life cycle as a bulb, which experiences a period of dormancy typically in the summer. In the fall, the bulb breaks dormancy and roots start to develop, utilizing the cool, moist soil conditions. As winter ends and spring approaches, the bulb sends up a shoot that develops into a stem with leaves, and eventually, a single flower blooms, displaying the characteristic tulip shape and color. After pollination, which may occur through the aid of insects, the flower develops seeds, while the foliage begins to wither. The plant then returns to a period of dormancy, the above-ground parts die back, and energy is stored in the bulb for the next growing cycle. The cycle repeats annually, with the bulb enlarging and sometimes producing offsets, which can develop into new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Tulipa kolpakowskiana, commonly known as Tulip Kolpakowskiana, is typically propagated by bulbs. The most popular method of propagation is to divide the bulbs from the mother plant during the dormant season, which is typically late summer to autumn. Gardeners carefully dig up the bulbs after the foliage has died back and the plant has gone dormant. They then gently separate any offset bulbs that have formed at the base of the parent bulb. These offsets are replanted at a depth of around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) in well-drained soil in a location with full sun to partial shade. This method of vegetative propagation ensures that the new plants will be genetically identical to the parent, preserving the characteristics of the Tulip Kolpakowskiana.