Tulip Tulipa 'Arma' (7)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tulip 'Arma'


Tulipa 'Arma', commonly known as the 'Arma' Tulip, is a plant notable for its distinctive and ornamental flowers. The blossoms of this tulip variety possess a striking color palette that typically features rich, vibrant hues which can captivate the onlooker with their brilliance and depth. Each flower is formed by six petal-like segments that create an iconic cup or star-like shape, a characteristic trait of tulips. The petals often exhibit a glossy sheen, adding to their visual appeal. The inner part of the flower, known as the corona, may display a different shade or a gradient of colors that can accentuate the unique beauty of each individual bloom. Surrounding the central reproductive parts, the petals sometimes showcase contrasting colored markings that can include streaks, spots, or feathering. This can contribute to the variety's uniqueness and its standout appearance among other garden plants. The foliage of the 'Arma' Tulip presents itself as a set of waxy, spear-shaped leaves. These leaves are generally a deep green color and have a slightly rubbery texture, clasping the stem at the base while partially enfolding it. The leaves sprout from the base of the stem and often have a slightly upright or outward-spreading orientation, which elegantly complements the overall architecture of the plant. The stems of this tulip are sturdy and erect, supporting the weight of the blooms in a graceful manner. Tucked within the protection of the foliage, the stem rises to position the flower prominently, serving as a visual spectacle when the plant is in full bloom. The entire plant, while lacking specific dimensions in this description, forms a harmonious and balanced structure, culminating in the floral display that is characteristic of the 'Arma' Tulip. Its appearance is both bold and sophisticated, making it a coveted choice for gardeners who seek to add a splash of color and form to their floral arrangements or garden beds.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Arma Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Arma'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant Tulipa 'Arma', commonly known as Tulip, has components that can be toxic to humans if ingested. Though Tulips are not highly poisonous, they do contain alkaloids and glycosides, particularly concentrated in the bulb. Eating Tulip bulbs can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness. In severe cases, ingestion may lead to an increased heart rate and difficulty breathing. It is always advisable to avoid consuming any part of the Tulip plant.

    • To pets

      Tulip, the common name for Tulipa 'Arma', is toxic to pets. Tulips contain allergenic lactones and other compounds which can be harmful if ingested by animals, particularly the bulb. Symptoms of Tulip poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, and, in more severe cases, increased heart rate and difficulty breathing. If a pet ingests part of a Tulip plant, especially the bulb, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet 4 inches [40-60 cm]

    • Spread

      0 feet 6 inches [15 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Garden Aesthetics: The Tulipa 'Arma', commonly known as the tulip, brings vibrant color and elegance to gardens, enhancing the overall beauty of the landscape.
    • Attracts Pollinators: This tulip variety attracts bees and other pollinators, supporting the local ecosystem's biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest: Tulips like the 'Arma' variety mark the arrival of spring, creating a seasonal interest and a sense of anticipation for garden enthusiasts.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulips are generally easy to cultivate, requiring minimal care, which makes them suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Cut Flower Use: Due to their long stems and attractive blooms, Tulipa 'Arma' tulips are excellent for use in cut flower arrangements.
    • Variety of Colors: They come in various colors which can be used to design a garden palette and for color theming in landscape design.
    • Symbolism and Cultural Significance: Tulips have a rich history and significance in many cultures, making them a meaningful addition to gardens.

  • 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

    • Tulips like 'Arma' can be used in the art of food presentation; their petals can be arranged on plates as edible garnishes for a colorful and unique touch to gourmet dishes.
    • Tulips can serve as a natural dye for fabrics, giving clothes and textiles a burst of colors ranging from yellow to pink, depending on the part of the flower used.
    • 'Arma' tulip petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes, adding a light floral scent and vibrant color to the mix.
    • The strong stems of tulips can be used in lightweight crafting, such as making decorative wreaths or other floral arrangements that require structural support.
    • Tulip bulbs, including 'Arma', have historically been used as a bartering tool during times of economic crisis, though this is not a common modern practice.
    • Used as a natural pest control, planting tulips in a garden can deter certain types of rodents and insects that do not prefer their taste or texture.
    • The shape and color of tulip petals can inspire artists and designers in creating patterns for textiles, wallpapers, and other visual arts.
    • Intact tulip flowers can be frozen into ice cubes to add a decorative and upscale element to beverages for special occasions.
    • Tulip flowers can be used in photography as subjects or backdrops to create beautiful and aesthetic compositions due to their vibrant colors and appealing shapes.
    • Lastly, 'Arma' tulip petals can be collected and used in craft projects for children, such as making homemade paper or creating floral stickers or collages.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not specifically used in traditional Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: The tulip, in general, symbolizes perfect love, representing deep, unconditional affection.
    • Declaration of Love: A tulip bouquet has been traditionally used to declare one's love with its elegant and bold bloom.
    • Renewal: As a herald of spring, tulips often symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.
    • Fame and Eternal Life: In some cultures, tulips are associated with fame and eternal life, reflecting their perennial nature and long-standing cultural importance.
    • Charitable Feelings: Tulips can sometimes express a sense of caring and good wishes towards others.
    • Forgiveness: The act of gifting tulips can also be a gesture of seeking forgiveness or expressing regret.
    • Royalty: Due to their historical association with the Ottoman sultans and their courts, tulips have come to represent luxury and royal power.

Every 7-10 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early autumn
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Tulips, including the Tulipa 'Arma', prefer to be watered thoroughly when their soil feels dry to the touch. During their active growing phase in the spring, watering might be needed weekly, providing about 1 gallon of water per square foot of soil, depending on the weather conditions. It’s important to avoid overwatering as tulips are prone to bulb rot with excess moisture. Once they have bloomed and the foliage begins to die back, reduce watering to allow the bulbs to dry out and enter dormancy. Consistent watering is crucial during their growth period but should be adjusted based on rainfall to prevent waterlogged soil.

  • sunLight

    Tulips thrive best in full sunlight, so the best spot for Tulipa 'Arma' would be an area where they can receive at least 6 hours of direct sun daily. They can tolerate partial shade, especially in the hotter parts of the day, but too much shade can lead to weak stems and poor blooming. A well-lit flowerbed with proper morning and afternoon sunlight promotes healthy growth and blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips are best suited for cooler climates and need a period of cold dormancy to bloom properly, ideal temperatures for Tulipa 'Arma' range between 35-55 degrees Fahrenheit during growth and bloom periods. They can survive winter temperatures below freezing while they are dormant but should be protected from extreme temperature fluctuations that could damage the bulbs. The maximum temperature for tulips should not exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods, as higher temperatures can reduce the quality of the blooms.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning for Tulipa 'Arma' primarily involves deadheading spent flowers to prevent seed formation and to direct energy back into the bulb. Remove only the flower head and leave the foliage intact, as the leaves are necessary to replenish the bulb for the next growing season. Once the foliage has yellowed and died back, usually by early summer, it can be cut down to the soil level. Pruning is not needed until after the bloom period and should be done yearly.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips require well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. A mixture of loamy soil with added sand and organic compost is optimal. Ensure proper drainage to avoid bulb rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, being perennial bulbs, do not need repotting. They should be left undisturbed to naturalize but can be lifted and divided if they become too crowded, typically every 3-5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips prefer average humidity levels and do not require special humidity considerations. They thrive in outdoor conditions with natural airflow.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright, indirect light and cool temperatures for indoor tulips.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in fall, full sun to part shade, in well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Tulipa 'Arma', commonly known as the Arma Tulip, begins with the planting of a bulb in autumn, as cooler temperatures are necessary for a dormant period before growth. In the spring, warmth and increasing daylight trigger the bulb to sprout, sending up leaves and a single flower stalk. By late spring, the flower blooms, displaying its distinctive petals. After flowering, the tulip enters a period of senescence during which the leaves and flower wilt and die back, transferring energy back to the bulb for the next year's growth. Over the summer, the bulb lies dormant underground. The cycle repeats annually with the bulb producing new foliage and flowers each spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early autumn

    • Propogation: Tulipa 'Arma', commonly known as the 'Arma' tulip, is typically propagated through bulb division, a popular and highly effective method for many bulbous plants. The ideal time for this process is in the late summer or early fall, after the foliage has died back and the bulbs have completed their growing cycle. You would gently lift the mature bulbs from the soil and carefully separate any small, offsets or "daughter" bulbs that have formed attached to the base of the main bulb. These offsets can then be replanted immediately at a depth approximately three times the height of the bulb and spaced around 4 to 6 inches apart to allow for adequate room for growth. Given optimal growing conditions, these offsets will mature and can produce their own blooms within a couple of years. This method capitalizes on the natural reproductive cycle of the tulip, ensuring a consistent and true-to-type propagation of the 'Arma' variety.