Ollioules Tulip Tulipa 'Ollioules' (4)

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


Tulipa 'Ollioules' is a type of tulip that is known for its distinctive appearance. The plant produces a striking floral display that catches the eye with its vibrant colors and shapes. The flowers are large and bowl-shaped with a soft yet luminous palette that often blends shades of pink, rose, and lilac. In some lights, the outer petals may appear to have a hint of silvery sheen that adds to the flower's charm. The petals are arranged in an overlapping fashion, which gives them a lush, full look. In the center of the flower, the stamens and pistil are typically visible, contrasting with the petal colors. This tulip variety also has a notable feature: the petal edges are slightly fringed, which gives the blooms an added texture and a somewhat ruffled look. The foliage of Tulipa 'Ollioules' is green and may show a glaucous coating that is typical of many tulip species. The leaves usually grow in a rosette at the base of the stem and are somewhat elongated and strap-like, providing a sturdy backdrop for the sensational flowers above. The overall look of the 'Ollioules' tulip is one of classic elegance, with the blooms creating a soft yet eye-catching display, worthy of a central place in gardens during their blooming season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Ollioules Tulip, French Tulip, Garden Tulip, Ollioules Flower

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Ollioules'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Tulipa 'Ollioules' is tulip. Tulips are generally considered to have low toxicity for humans. However, ingesting any part of the plant, particularly the bulb, can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The plant contains allergenic lactones and other compounds which can be irritating. Handling the bulbs may also cause allergic reactions or dermatitis in some people due to these compounds.

    • To pets

      The tulip is known to be toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. Ingesting any part of the plant, but particularly the bulbs, can lead to symptoms such as drooling, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Serious cases may include increased heart rate, changes in breathing, and even depression of the central nervous system. It's important that pets avoid consuming tulips, as the consequences can range from mild gastrointestinal upset to more severe issues with larger ingestions.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Spring Color: Tulips like 'Ollioules' provide vibrant colors in spring gardens when many other plants are still dormant.
    • Landscape Design Flexibility: Due to their shape and variety of colors, tulips can be used in formal garden beds, borders, and containers for decorative purposes.
    • Low Maintenance: Once planted, tulips require minimal maintenance, making them an easy choice for gardeners of all levels.
    • Perennial Growth: While some tulip types need to be replanted annually, many can come back year after year depending on the climate and care.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Tulips can attract bees and other pollinators to the garden, which is beneficial for the pollination of other plants.
    • Cut Flowers: Tulips are ideal for cut flower arrangements and can add a fresh look to any indoor setting.
    • Seasonal Interest: Planting tulips can provide seasonal interest and can be timed to bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral display.

  • 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 petals can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, providing a range of colors from yellows to greens, depending on the mordant used.
    • Innovative chefs use tulip petals as edible decorations on salads and desserts, adding a splash of color and a light floral flavor to their dishes.
    • Tulip bulbs are ground into a starchy flour in times of scarcity or for culinary experimentation, although not commonly practiced due to toxicity concerns.
    • Tulips can be used in art and photography, serving as inspiring subjects or vibrant backdrops for various creative projects.
    • Tulips are sometimes placed in bowls of water for floating arrangements, providing a unique and elegant display for centerpieces.
    • Due to their distinct shape, tulips can serve as natural containers for small appetizers or desserts when their petals are carefully peeled back.
    • The color-changing property of some tulip varieties can be engaging for educational purposes, illustrating the concept of pH sensitivity in plants.
    • In perfumery, although not common, the essence of tulips can contribute a green, vegetal note to complex fragrances.
    • Artisans craft tulip flowers into delicate paper by pressing and drying thin slices of the petals to be used in handmade crafts.
    • Soppy or composted tulip organic matter can be used as a mild fertilizer, enriching garden soils with nutrients as they decompose.

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

    • Perfect Love: Tulips in general are often associated with perfect love, and the 'Ollioules' variety, with its stunning appearance, could symbolize the idea of an ideal or flawless love.
    • Rebirth: As a member of the tulip family, which blooms in the spring, 'Ollioules' tulips are commonly seen as a symbol of renewal and the cycle of life.
    • Royalty: The 'Ollioules' tulip, with its regal colors that blend pink, lilac, and white, can represent nobility and royal bearings, possibly signifying a majestic or distinguished aspect of one's personality.
    • Wealth and Prosperity: Historically, tulips have been a sign of wealth, especially during the tulip mania in the Dutch Golden Age, hence 'Ollioules' may also carry those connotations of abundance and prosperity.

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  • water dropWater

    Tulips generally require moderate watering, and the 'Ollioules' Tulip should be watered thoroughly during growing season, especially in the absence of rain, to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. It is important to reduce watering once the foliage starts to yellow after flowering, signaling the end of the plant's active growth period. Depending on weather conditions, a weekly watering of approximately 0.5 gallons for every square foot should be sufficient during active growth. Over-watering can lead to bulb rot, so ensuring proper drainage is crucial.

  • sunLight

    The 'Ollioules' Tulip thrives best in full sunlight, meaning it should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. An ideal spot would be an area that is unobstructed by tall trees or buildings that could create significant shade. However, they can also grow in partial shade, where they receive some direct sunlight but are also protected during the hottest parts of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips, including the 'Ollioules' variety, prefer cool temperatures and are best grown in climates where the temperature is between 35°F and 70°F. They can survive short-term frosts and temperatures down to about 20°F, but prolonged exposure to heat above 70°F or cold below 20°F can be detrimental. The ideal temperature range is within 40°F to 60°F for optimal growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Tulips, including the 'Ollioules' variety, do not require traditional pruning but deadheading (removing spent flowers) after blooming encourages the plant to send energy to the bulb rather than seed production. It's important to leave the foliage until it turns yellow and dies back naturally to allow the nutrients to return to the bulb. Generally, deadheading can be done once the flowers have faded, but foliage should remain until it's yellowing and limp.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips require well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. A good mix for Tulip 'Ollioules' is one part gardening soil, one part compost, and one part coarse sand or perlite to ensure good drainage. Regular testing and amending of soil may be necessary to maintain optimal pH and fertility levels.

  • plantRepotting

    Typically, tulip bulbs, including the 'Ollioules' variety, don't need to be repotted frequently. Bulbs should be lifted and divided every 3-5 years to prevent overcrowding. After the foliage dies back in late spring or early summer, bulbs can be dug up, stored in a cool, dry place, and then replanted in the fall.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulip 'Ollioules' prefers average outdoor humidity levels. As a spring-blooming bulb, it is tolerant of the varying humidity levels of temperate regions during its growing season. Excessive humidity can lead to fungal diseases; therefore, well-ventilated conditions are ideal.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place bulbs in a well-lit spot, cool temperature, and ensure good drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade, in fertile, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulip 'Ollioules' begins its life cycle when a bulb is planted in the fall before the ground freezes. It enters a period of dormancy during the cold winter months, which is necessary for the biological processes that trigger its growth. Come spring, the warming soil and increased daylight prompt the bulb to break dormancy, and it starts to sprout and grow leaves. Following leaf growth, a stem extends upwards, and a bud forms, which will develop into the characteristic large, flared flower, usually blooming in mid to late spring. After the flowering period, the petals fall away, and the plant focuses on replenishing its bulb’s energy reserves through photosynthesis before the foliage dies back. The bulb then re-enters a period of dormancy throughout the summer until the cycle restarts in the fall.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Tulipa 'Ollioules', more commonly known as the tulip 'Ollioules', is usually propagated through the division of bulbs, a method that both professionals and home gardeners employ due to its effectiveness and simplicity. The best time to propagate tulips through bulb division is in the late summer or early fall, when the bulbs are dormant. The process involves carefully digging up the mature bulbs after the foliage has died back and the plant has gone dormant. You then gently separate the small offset bulbs, which are attached to the base of the mother bulb. These offsets can be replanted immediately at a depth approximately three times the height of the bulb, in well-draining soil, spaced a few inches apart to allow for growth. They will then develop roots and shoots during the fall and winter, emerging as flowering plants in the following spring. This form of asexual reproduction ensures that the new tulips will be true to the parent plant in terms of variety and characteristics.