Tulip Tulipa 'Johann Strauss' (12)

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


Tulipa 'Johann Strauss' is a type of tulip that boasts a distinctive and vivid appearance. This tulip variety exhibits a rich color palette, typically showcasing a beautiful blend of colors on each petal. The flowers often have a base color of warm yellow, overlaid with streaks or flames of red, giving them a fiery and dramatic look. The petals themselves are generally shaped with smooth, classic tulip contours that come to a soft point at the tips. The outer surface of the petals may have a subtle sheen, while the inner surfaces are sometimes slightly paler in comparison to the vivid outer colors. Each flower is borne atop a sturdy stem that emerges from a base of green, strap-like leaves. These leaves are characteristically linear, with a somewhat waxy texture and have a bluish-green to dark green color which offsets the brightness of the blossoms. The foliage may also have a slight curve or arch, providing a graceful backdrop for the attention-grabbing blooms. The flowers of the 'Johann Strauss' tulip open into a well-known cup shape that is associated with traditional tulip forms. As the blooms mature, the cup shape may open further on sunny days, revealing the pollen-laden anthers inside. In the center, the floral parts that are essential for the plant's reproduction are found, including the stamens and a central pistil. Overall, Tulipa 'Johann Strauss' has a striking appearance that is often celebrated for its bold colors and classic tulip form, making it a charming and popular choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of color to their beds, borders, or floral displays in the springtime.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Johann Strauss Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Johann Strauss'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulip bulbs, such as those of the tulip variety Tulipa 'Johann Strauss', may be mistaken for edible bulbs like onions but are toxic if ingested by humans. Consuming tulip bulbs can lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Additionally, contact with the bulb’s sap may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction in some individuals. It is important to handle tulips with care and ensure they are not ingested, especially by children who might confuse them for edible plants.

    • To pets

      Tulips are toxic to pets, with the bulb being the most poisonous part. If a pet, such as a dog or cat, ingests part of a tulip, symptoms of poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and hypersalivation. In more severe cases, ingestion can lead to central nervous system depression, an increase in heart rate, and changes in breathing. If you suspect your pet has ingested tulip bulbs or any part of the tulip plant, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately to minimize potential health consequences.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Garden Aesthetics: Tulipa 'Johann Strauss' adds vibrant color and appealing shapes to your garden, especially in the spring.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The bright flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators that help to promote a healthy ecosystem.
    • Versatile Landscaping: The plant can be used in borders, rock gardens, or as a part of a floral arrangement, providing flexibility in garden design.
    • Seasonal Interest: The tulip's distinct blooming period in spring provides a seasonal focal point and signifies the change from winter to spring.
    • Cultural Significance: Tulips have historical significance and are often associated with festivals and traditions, which adds an element of cultural enrichment to a garden.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulipa 'Johann Strauss' is considered easy to cultivate and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions with minimal care.
    • Long-Lasting Blooms: The tulip flowers can persist for an extended period of time, offering a longer display compared to some other flowering plants.

  • 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 'Johann Strauss' can be used as a natural pest control in gardens; they can deter rodents such as mice and voles that dislike the toxic bulbs.
    • The petals of Tulips are edible and can be used to add a colorful garnish to salads and desserts, though they should be eaten in moderation.
    • Pressed Tulip petals can be used in art projects such as botanical prints, bookmarks, or in creating personalized stationery.
    • Tulip petals can be used to create natural dyes for fabric, offering a range of colors from yellows to pinks depending on the mordant used.
    • During the blooming season, Tulips can serve as indicators of spring's arrival in educational settings, making them useful in phenology studies.
    • Florists often use Tulips in wedding bouquets and centerpieces for their bold colors and association with love and happiness.
    • Tulip bulbs can be used in a practice called "forcing," where they are tricked into blooming early indoors during the winter months for decorative purposes.
    • In photography, the vibrant colors and unique shapes of Tulips provide excellent subjects for fine art photography and botanical illustration.
    • The plant's life cycle and growth can be used as an educational tool to teach children about plant biology and the science of botany.
    • Old or spent Tulip bulbs can be crushed and added to compost piles as they are biodegradable and can contribute to the nutrient richness of the compost.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Tulips can be used in Feng Shui to attract love and create a serene environment. Placing red tulips in the southwest area of the home or bedroom can enhance romantic relationships, while pink tulips can be placed in personal 'love corners' to encourage the beginning of new relationships.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: The 'Johann Strauss' tulip, like other tulips, traditionally symbolizes perfect love. The vibrant colors and classically shaped blooms represent a lover's heart that is full of passion.
    • Royalty: Due to their historical association with the Dutch royal family and their presence in royal gardens throughout history, tulips can signify a regal presence and elegance.
    • Prosperity: In the 17th century, tulips were subjects of speculation and high value during the Tulip Mania in the Netherlands, they came to represent prosperity and wealth.
    • Spring and Rebirth: Tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, hence they are often associated with rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings.
    • Charity: The 'Johann Strauss' tulip's cheerful appearance is said to symbolize charity and support for the less fortunate, as tulips in general can represent caring and sharing.
    • Deep and Perfect Love: This particular variety of tulip, with its striking colors and appearance, doubles down on the theme of deep, passionate, and perfect love.

When soil is dry
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Tulips, including the Tulipa 'Johann Strauss', generally require watering when the soil begins to dry out, especially during their growing season in the spring. They need a moderate amount of water, so aim to provide about an inch of water weekly, which equates to roughly 0.6 gallons per square yard of soil. During active growth, watering should occur regularly, but be sure to allow the soil to dry between waterings to prevent rot. In the absence of rainfall, supplement with additional water, but reduce watering once the flowers have died off and the leaves begin to yellow, signaling the end of their growing season. Overwatering can be detrimental to tulips, leading to bulb rot, so it's important to ensure good drainage and not let them sit in water-saturated soil.

  • sunLight

    Tulip 'Johann Strauss' thrives best in full sunlight. The ideal location would provide at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, making an unobstructed south-facing spot highly desirable. However, in regions with very hot climates, a little afternoon shade will help protect the flowers from intense heat. Avoid placing them in deep shade, as this will lead to weak stems and reduced flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Tulip 'Johann Strauss' prefers cool spring temperatures and can generally withstand the cold of winter, making it suitable for planting in fall. Tulips can survive winter temperatures down to about -40 degrees Fahrenheit and they will emerge in the spring when the soil warms up to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal growing temperatures for tulips range from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. They benefit from colder nights, which help to prolong the blooms.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Tulip 'Johann Strauss', pruning typically involves deadheading the spent flowers immediately after they fade and snipping the seed heads to help direct energy back into the bulb. However, do not remove the foliage until it has fully yellowed and died back naturally, usually 6 weeks after flowering. This dying foliage is critical for photosynthesis, which helps the bulb store energy for the next year's growth. Cut the leaves back to ground level once they have died back completely, which is typically done annually, late in the spring or early summer.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips 'Johann Strauss' thrive in a well-draining soil mix with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A ideal soil mixture for tulips includes equal parts of loamy soil, compost, and sand to ensure proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulip 'Johann Strauss' bulbs should be repotted every 2-3 years or when the bulbs have multiplied and become crowded in their current space. They are best repotted in the fall before the new growth cycle begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips 'Johann Strauss' prefer moderate humidity levels. They do well in typical outdoor humidity but do not require specific humidity control when grown under normal conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade, cool spot.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulip 'Johann Strauss' begins its life as a bulb, which is planted in the fall before the first frost. The bulb then undergoes a period of cold-induced dormancy through the winter, which is essential for the development of the flower. As temperatures rise in spring, the bulb breaks dormancy and begins to sprout, eventually producing a stem, leaves, and a single flower. After flowering, typically in late spring to early summer, the plant enters a senescence stage where the foliage yellows and dies back, and the plant goes into a period of dormancy during the hot summer months. The bulb conserves energy throughout the remainder of the year, until the next growing season when the cycle starts anew. Meanwhile, the plant may produce offsets, small bulbs that develop around the base of the parent bulb, which can be separated and planted to grow new tulips.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Tulip 'Johann Strauss', which falls under the tulip category, is most commonly propagated through the division of bulbs. This method is typically undertaken in the fall, after the foliage has died back, signaling the bulb's dormancy period. To propagate, the gardener should carefully dig up the tulip bulbs, ensuring not to damage them. Each bulb will often have smaller bulbs, or offsets, attached to the base. These offsets can be gently twisted or pulled away from the mother bulb, taking care to retain as many roots as possible. The separated bulbs should then be planted immediately at a depth of around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), allowing sufficient space for root growth and bulb development, in well-draining soil and a sunny location. This method of dividing and replanting helps to rejuvenate the tulip bed and can lead to a more vigorous bloom in the following spring.