Tulip Tulipa 'Beau Monde' (3)

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


The Tulipa 'Beau Monde' is a striking, ornate flower recognized for its unique coloration and classic shape commonly associated with tulips. It features large, cup-shaped blooms that showcase a harmonious blend of colors, typically presenting a creamy-white background that gracefully transitions to a warm, pinkish hue. This gradation of color is sometimes accentuated by bold streaks or feathering in shades of raspberry or red, adding depth and a painterly quality to the petals. As with many tulips, the petals are smooth and have a notable sheen that can catch the light, making the flower glisten in the sunshine. The leaves are lance-shaped, with a rich green color that frames the flower with a contrasting backdrop, emphasizing the tulip's beautiful coloring. The plant's overall look is one of elegance and delicate charm, making it a popular choice for spring gardens where it can be used as a focal point due to its captivating appearance. The flowering period of the 'Beau Monde' tulip typically occurs in spring, contributing to the vibrant display of colors that mark the season.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tulip, Garden Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Beau Monde'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulips are not considered highly toxic to humans, but ingestion of any part of the plant can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In rare cases, allergic reactions may also occur. It is generally advised to avoid eating tulips or handling them excessively if you have sensitive skin.

    • To pets

      Tulips are toxic to pets, particularly dogs and cats. If a pet ingests any part of a tulip plant, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, and depression of the central nervous system. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to an increase in heart rate and changes in breathing. It is important to prevent pets from access to tulips and seek veterinary care immediately if ingestion is suspected.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: Tulips, including 'Beau Monde', are known for their vibrant and varied colors which can enhance the aesthetic of gardens and landscapes.
    • Seasonal Interest: 'Beau Monde' tulips bloom in spring, providing a seasonal display and marking the change from winter to spring.
    • Cut Flowers: They are popular as cut flowers due to their long stems and beautiful, cup-shaped blooms, suitable for bouquets and floral arrangements.
    • Ease of Growth: Tulips are relatively easy to grow and 'Beau Monde' can be cultivated in a variety of soil types, making it accessible to many gardeners.
    • Landscaping Design: Tulips can be used for border planting, container gardening, or mass plantings, offering versatility in landscape design.
    • Cultural Significance: Tulips are iconic flowers often associated with spring and renewal, as well as being historically significant in certain cultures.

  • 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

    • The bulb of the tulip can be used as a replacement for onions in cooking during times of scarcity, although not commonly recommended due to potential toxicity from alkaloids present in the bulbs.
    • Tulip petals are edible and can be used to add a colorful garnish to salads or desserts, but should be consumed in moderation and only if grown organically without use of pesticides.
    • The Tulip 'Beau Monde' is sometimes used in fashion, where its distinct colors inspire designs or actual petals are used in avant-garde clothing and accessories.
    • These tulips can be utilized as natural dye sources for fabrics, with the petals providing various shades of pink, yellow, and even green depending on the mordant used.
    • The strong stems of tulips can be a resource for elementary biology lessons, helping demonstrate the plant's vascular system as they are easy to cut and observe under microscopes.
    • In photography, the vibrant colors and symmetrical form of the tulip 'Beau Monde' make it a popular subject for botanical and macro photography.
    • The petals of the tulip can be pressed and used in crafting activities, such as homemade cards, bookmarks, or in resin jewelry, preserving their beauty.
    • The fragrance of some tulips can be used in the development of eco-friendly and natural perfumes, although 'Beau Monde' is not particularly known for its scent.
    • During springtime celebrations, these tulips can be floated in water bowls as part of table centerpieces or outdoor decor, adding elegance to festivities.
    • The unique color patterns of the Tulip 'Beau Monde' are sometimes used by artists as inspiration or incorporated into botanical illustrations and paintings.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not specifically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: Tulip is often associated with perfect love. The Tulipa 'Beau Monde' variety, with its stunning beauty, may signify a love that is considered ideal and flawless.
    • Enduring Passion: The strong and vibrant colors of the 'Beau Monde' tulip can represent deep passion that endures over time.
    • Royalty: Tulips, in general, can symbolize royalty, and the 'Beau Monde', with its showy and distinct appearance, can evoke a sense of regal elegance and grandeur.
    • Prosperity: Due to their historical significance in the economy during the Tulip Mania, tulips can signify prosperity and abundance. The 'Beau Monde', specifically, might represent wealth and lavishness.
    • Rebirth: As a herald of spring, the tulip signifies rebirth and the renewal of nature, with 'Beau Monde' suggesting a fresh start or a new beginning.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Tulip 'Beau Monde' requires consistent moisture during its growing season, especially in the spring. Water these tulips when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically means watering once or twice a week depending on weather conditions. Provide just enough water to moisten the soil; using around 1 gallon per square yard every week should be sufficient. Be careful not to overwater, as standing water can lead to bulb rot. After flowering, as the leaves yellow, watering can be reduced and eventually stopped as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Tulips thrive in areas with full to partial sunlight. The Tulip 'Beau Monde' is no exception and does best with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. An ideal spot is one that gets morning sun and is protected from the harsher afternoon light, especially in warmer climates. Avoid deep shade areas as inadequate light can lead to poor flower development.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulip 'Beau Monde' prefers cool to moderate temperatures and will bloom in springtime when the average temperatures are between 45°F to 70°F. These tulips can tolerate temperatures as low as 20°F and should be planted in the fall before the ground freezes. For optimal growth and flowering, maintain an environment that avoids extreme heat; prolonged temperatures above 75°F can be detrimental to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically required for the Tulip 'Beau Monde' aside from deadheading the spent flowers. Remove the faded flowers to prevent seed formation, leaving the foliage in place. This allows the plant to continue photosynthesizing and store energy in the bulb for the following year. The best time for deadheading is soon after the blossoms begin to wilt.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The ideal soil mix for Tulips, such as 'Beau Monde', is well-draining, fertile, and neutral to slightly acidic with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mixture containing equal parts of loamy garden soil, compost, and sharp sand or grit ensures proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, such as 'Beau Monde', do not need frequent repotting and are typically replanted annually. After the foliage dies back, the bulbs can be lifted, stored, and replanted in autumn.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips, including 'Beau Monde', prefer average humidity levels and do not require special humidity considerations.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant 'Beau Monde' bulbs in pots with drainage, in fertile soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in autumn, in well-draining soil, sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Tulipa 'Beau Monde', commonly known as the Beau Monde tulip, begins with a dormant bulb stage that survives underground during the winter. In early spring, the bulb breaks dormancy and produces a stem, leaves, and eventually a single flower, depending on environmental conditions like temperature and moisture. After flowering, the petals fall, and the plant focuses on seed production, where the ovary ripens into a capsule containing numerous seeds. If conditions allow, the seeds may disperse and potentially germinate to form new bulbs, although tulips are more commonly propagated through bulb offsets. As the above-ground parts of the tulip die back in late spring or early summer, the bulb enters a period of dormancy where it stores energy for the following year's growth. This cycle repeats annually, with bulbs typically requiring a period of chilling to trigger the next growth cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for the Tulipa 'Beau Monde', commonly known as the tulip 'Beau Monde', is through the division of its bulbs. This process typically takes place in the fall, after the foliage has withered away, signaling that the bulb has entered its dormant period. Gardeners gently unearth the bulbs and separate the smaller offset bulbs, which are clones of the mother plant, from the main bulb. These offsets are then planted at a depth of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) in well-draining soil, ideally in a location that receives full to partial sunlight. It's important to plant the bulbs with their pointed ends up and to water them thoroughly after planting to encourage root development before the ground freezes. By the following spring, these offsets will have established themselves and will bloom, continuing the cycle of growth and propagation for the tulip 'Beau Monde'.