Tulip Tulipa 'Negrita' (3)

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


Tulipa 'Negrita', commonly known as Tulip 'Negrita', is a striking plant with a distinctive and vibrant appearance. It features large, cup-shaped flowers that bloom with a deep, purplish-pink hue. The petals have a satin-like sheen and are often edged with a slight lighter tone, giving them a subtle glow and depth of color. The plant itself has a neat and upright habit, with a cluster of lance-shaped, green leaves at the base. The foliage can sometimes exhibit a waxy texture that adds to the visual interest of the plant. Each stalk typically supports a single blossoming flower, which becomes the focal point due to its bold and rich coloration. Tulip 'Negrita' is a favorite for its dramatic blooms that stand out in any garden setting, creating stunning visual displays when planted in groups.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Negrita Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Negrita'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Tulip 'Negrita' is considered to have a low level of toxicity to humans. If ingested, the most common symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, and particularly with the consumption of large quantities, symptoms could escalate to include dizziness, abdominal pain, or even an allergic reaction. It is advisable to avoid eating any part of the tulip plant.

    • To pets

      The Tulip 'Negrita' is toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. The bulb of the tulip contains the highest concentration of toxic substances, though all parts of the plant can be harmful if ingested. Symptoms of tulip poisoning in pets can include gastrointestinal irritation indicated by drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, ingestion can lead to depression of the central nervous system, increased heart rate, and difficulty breathing. Immediate veterinary attention is recommended if a pet has ingested any part of a tulip.

  • 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

    • Beautification: Adds vibrant purple color and aesthetic beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in spring, providing seasonal interest after a long winter.
    • Easy to Grow: Known for being low-maintenance and easy to cultivate for most gardeners.
    • Variety: Part of the tulip family, it provides variety in terms of shape, size, and color amongst spring-blooming flowers.
    • Cut Flowers: Suitable for cutting and can be used in floral arrangements.

  • 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

    • Tulip 'Negrita' petals can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, giving them a soft pink to plum color depending on the mordant used.
    • The bulbs of Tulip 'Negrita' can be ground into a paste and used as a natural adhesive, suitable for light paper-based crafts.
    • Dried and crushed Tulip 'Negrita' petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourris for a unique fragrance with floral notes.
    • Pressed Tulip 'Negrita' flowers can be used in botanical art or to create delicate bookmarks or greeting cards.
    • The strong stems of Tulip 'Negrita' can be used as natural supports for other plants in the garden, providing a subtle aesthetic touch.
    • During blooming season, Tulip 'Negrita' flowers can be a source of food for bees and other pollinators, promoting biodiversity in gardens.
    • The vibrant blooms of Tulip 'Negrita' can be used to create stunning floral water features by floating the heads in shallow bowls of water.
    • The patterned petals of the Tulip 'Negrita' can be used in educational settings to teach patterns, symmetry, and color contrasts in nature.
    • Empty Tulip 'Negrita' bulb casings can be repurposed to create small, biodegradable seed-starting pots for gardening.
    • Tulip 'Negrita' petals can be used in craft projects, such as handmade paper making, adding texture and color to the paper.

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

    • Love: Tulips, in general, are considered a symbol of perfect love, and their dramatic deep colors often represent strong and passionate feelings.
    • Royalty: The rich purple hue of the 'Negrita' tulip is commonly associated with royalty and regal power, reflecting an air of nobility and luxury.
    • Confidence: The bold color of this tulip symbolizes confidence and strength, inspiring people to express their feelings openly and with conviction.
    • Transformation: Tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, representing rebirth, new beginnings, and the transformation that comes with a new season.

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

    Tulips, including 'Negrita', prefer moderate watering. During the growing season, provide about one inch of water weekly, either from rainfall or manually, which is approximately 0.6 gallons per square yard of soil. Water the bulbs deeply to encourage root growth. During the dormant season, after the foliage has died back, cease watering as these bulbs prefer drier conditions to rest. Overwatering can lead to bulb rot, so ensure the soil is well-draining.

  • sunLight

    For optimal growth, Tulips require full sun conditions, which means they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Planting 'Negrita' Tulips in a spot that gets morning sun is preferable, as the afternoon sun can sometimes be too intense. Ensure that the chosen location is not shaded or obscured by larger plants or structures.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips like 'Negrita' are resilient in a range of temperatures but thrive in cooler conditions. They can tolerate winter temperatures down to about -40 degrees Fahrenheit, making them suitable for colder climates. The ideal temperature range for active growth is between 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. During their dormant phase in summer, they can withstand higher temperatures as long as the bulbs are not waterlogged.

  • scissorsPruning

    'Negrita' Tulips should be deadheaded after flowering by removing the spent blooms. Prune the foliage only after it has turned yellow and died back naturally, usually several weeks after blooming. This allows the plant to photosynthesize and store energy in the bulb for the next season. Pruning should be done annually once the flowering is complete.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips, including the 'Negrita' variety, thrive best in well-draining, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of garden soil, compost, and sharp sand or perlite to promote drainage makes an excellent soil recipe for these bulbs. It is essential that the soil does not retain water, as tulips are prone to rot in wet conditions.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, specifically the 'Negrita,' are perennial bulbs and do not need to be repotted annually. Instead, they should be planted in the ground or in outdoor containers and left to bloom yearly. After several years, if bulb performance declines, they can be lifted, divided, and replanted to rejuvenate growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips like the 'Negrita' are adaptable to a range of humidity levels and do not have specific humidity requirements. They grow well in the varying outdoor humidity conditions that occur naturally in their suitable hardiness zones.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Negrita' Tulip bulbs in pots with drainage, in cool, bright indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant 'Negrita' Tulips in fall, full sun, and well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Tulipa 'Negrita', commonly known as the Negrita Tulip, begins its life cycle when a bulb is planted in the fall before the first frost. The bulb undergoes a period of dormancy during the winter, requiring a cold period to stimulate the growth of the flower stem and leaves. In early to mid-spring, as temperatures rise, the tulip bulb breaks dormancy and a shoot emerges from the soil, soon followed by leaves and a bud. The bud develops into a vibrant purple flower, usually between April and May, depending on the climate. After the tulip blooms, the petals eventually wither and fall off as the plant enters the senescence phase, wherein the foliage turns yellow and dies back. The bulb remains underground, where it will rest until the next growing season, storing energy and completing the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Tulipa 'Negrita', commonly known as Triumph Tulip, is typically propagated by the division of its bulbs. The best time to do this is in the late summer or early fall when the foliage has died back and the bulbs are dormant. To propagate, carefully lift the bulb clusters from the ground using a garden fork, and gently separate the individual bulbs. Offsets, or daughter bulbs, that have formed at the base of the parent bulb are detached and can be replanted immediately. They should be planted about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) deep and spaced 4 to 6 inches apart in well-draining soil with access to full sun. The new bulbs will then establish roots in the fall, lie dormant during the winter, and grow into new plants that will flower in the spring.