Orange Nassau Tulip Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau' (2)

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


Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau' refers to a specific cultivar of tulip known for its vibrant and striking appearance that adds a pop of color to gardens during its blooming season. This tulip displays cup-shaped flowers that boast a rich, orange hue, often with a slight gradation of color intensity from the base to the petal tips. Each petal may show a soft, glowing effect with a subtle sheen, catching light to create a radiant display. The petals may also exhibit a fine, darker orange or reddish edging that accentuates the flower's shape. Inside the blooms, there are often contrasting color markings or a different color at the base, which can add to the visual interest of the flower when viewed up close. The foliage of Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau' consists of green, strap-like leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the bright flowers. These leaves are typically upright and lance-shaped, complementing the overall appearance of the plant with their simplicity and elegance. The smooth, green surfaces of the leaves set off the rich orange of the tulip flowers, creating a classic and harmonious contrast typical of tulip plants. During the blooming period, the plant creates a striking visual impact in gardens and floral arrangements, making it a sought-after variety for its ornamental value.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Orange Nassau Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The most common name for Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau' is tulip. Tulips are not generally considered highly toxic to humans, but they do contain allergenic lactones and other compounds that can cause adverse reactions. If ingested, parts of the plant, particularly the bulbs, can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Ingestion can also lead to dizziness and abdominal pain. Handling the bulbs may lead to a skin reaction in some people, known as "tulip fingers," which is a form of contact dermatitis.

    • To pets

      The most common name for Tulipa 'Oranje Nassau' is tulip. Tulips are considered toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. The bulb contains the highest concentration of the toxic principles, which are allergenic lactones and alkaloids. If a pet ingests parts of a tulip, especially the bulb, it may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, and depression. In severe cases, ingestion could lead to central nervous system depression and even cardiac abnormalities. It is important to prevent pets from accessing tulips to avoid possible poisoning.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      0-1 feet (0-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: The vibrant orange flowers with stunning color contrasts add visual interest and beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees and other pollinators, which are essential for the health of the ecosystem and for pollinating other plants.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in the spring, providing early seasonal color after the winter months.
    • Low Maintenance: Tulips, including the Tulip 'Oranje Nassau', typically require minimal care once established, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Easy to Grow: Can be successfully grown in a variety of climate zones, with proper care and suitable planting times.
    • Bulb Perennialization: The bulbs can naturalize and produce flowers for several years with proper care, providing long-term value.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Suitable for use in borders, flower beds, and as cut flowers in floral arrangements.
    • Cultural Significance: Tulips are historically significant and celebrated in festivals and events, adding a layer of cultural meaning when planted.
    • Improves Garden Biodiversity: The addition of flowering plants like the Tulip 'Oranje Nassau' helps to create a diverse garden ecosystem.

  • 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 are edible and can be used in salads for a colorful addition or used as a garnish for dishes, bringing a floral and slightly sweet taste.
    • Tulips can be used in natural dyeing processes to impart color to fabrics, with different parts of the plant yielding varying shades.
    • The sturdy stems of tulips can be used in floral crafts, such as making wreaths or other decorative items where dried flowers are needed.
    • During the 17th century, tulip bulbs were a currency and could be bartered in the Netherlands, a historical usage known as 'Tulip Mania'.
    • Tulip petals can be crystallized with egg whites and sugar to create edible decorations for desserts.
    • The blooms of tulips can be hollowed out and used as natural containers for small servings of appetizers or desserts at fancy events.
    • They can be used in photography as a subject for practicing macro photography skills due to their vibrant colors and intricate details.
    • Tulip flowers can be pressed and included in personalized handmade paper for a decorative touch in stationary or invitations.
    • The shape and structure of a tulip may inspire designs in fashion, where the silhouette or pattern mimics the flower’s form.
    • Tulip flowers may be used as a natural confetti alternative at celebrations, biodegrading more easily than paper or plastic counterparts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The tulip is not typically mentioned in classical Feng Shui texts as a specific plant with unique properties. However, in general Feng Shui practice, tulips can be used to bring positive energy related to love and happiness into the home, particularly when placed in the partnership area of a space or a living room to encourage harmony and warm feelings among occupants. The bright orange color of 'Oranje Nassau' tulips also adds a vibrant yang energy which can stimulate enthusiasm and social interactions when placed in common areas.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: Tulips, in general, are often associated with perfect and deep love. The 'Oranje Nassau' variety, with its vibrant orange hues, can symbolize a passionate and energetic declaration of love.
    • Royalty and Nobility: Named after Dutch royalty, the 'Oranje Nassau' tulip can symbolize sovereignty, regalness, and the rich traditions of noble lineage, reflecting its namesake's history.
    • Prosperity and Abundance: The bright and bold color of the 'Oranje Nassau' tulip often stands for abundance and prosperity. In some contexts, gifting these tulips can be a wish for someone's wealth and success.
    • Warmth and Happiness: Orange flowers, including the 'Oranje Nassau' tulip, are frequently associated with warmth, sunshine, and joy, making them a symbol of happiness and cheerfulness in someone's life.
    • Aspirational and Ambitious Goals: The uplifting and inspiring color of 'Oranje Nassau' tulips can symbolize one's aspirations and ambition, signifying a drive towards achieving lofty goals and dreams.

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

    Tulips, including the 'Oranje Nassau' variety, require moderate watering, especially during their growth in spring. When the tulips are actively growing, water them thoroughly once a week with about half a gallon per square foot of soil. During the blooming period, keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Once the blooming period is over and the leaves start yellowing, gradually reduce watering. Overwatering can cause bulb rot, so ensure the soil has good drainage.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, such as the 'Oranje Nassau', prefer full sun conditions to thrive. Plant them in a spot where they can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Avoid locations that are shaded for long periods as insufficient light can lead to weak growth and fewer blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The 'Oranje Nassau' tulip thrives in a temperature range where the daytime temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures do not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They can withstand chillier weather down to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from hard frosts. Ideal growing conditions include cool springs and nights, which help to prolong the bloom time of the flowers.

  • scissorsPruning

    'Oranje Nassau' tulips generally do not require pruning in the traditional sense, but spent blooms should be removed by deadheading to prevent seed formation, which can divert energy from the bulb. However, leave the foliage in place until it turns yellow and dies back naturally to allow the bulbs to store energy for the next season. This typically happens late in the spring or early summer, depending on the climate.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Tulip 'Oranje Nassau' is well-draining, fertile soil with a mixture of loamy and sandy components. The ideal soil pH for this tulip should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulip 'Oranje Nassau' bulbs should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and to maintain the health of the plants.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulip 'Oranje Nassau' prefers average humidity conditions and does not require any special humidity considerations apart from natural outdoor variation.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temps, plant in well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun, well-drained soil, cool temps.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Orange Nassau Tulip begins with the planting of the bulb in autumn, setting the stage for growth after a necessary cold period to stimulate vernalization. Upon the arrival of spring, the bulb sprouts and a stem bearing leaves and a flower bud emerges. Following the vegetative stage, the tulip blooms, displaying vibrant orange petals typically in mid to late spring. After the flowering peak, the petals fade and wilt, leading to the senescence of the above-ground parts. During summer, the foliage dies back, and the tulip enters a dormant period where the bulb conserves energy underground. The cycle is poised to repeat when cooler temperatures return, as the bulb is triggered to break dormancy and reinitiate the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Tulip 'Oranje Nassau', commonly just referred to as tulips, are most commonly propagated through bulb division, which is a vegetative propagation method. The ideal time to propagate tulips by bulb division is in the fall, after the foliage has died back and the bulbs have gone dormant. Typically, this is done by gently lifting the mature bulbs from the ground using a garden fork, taking care not to damage them. Once lifted, the offsets, which are small bulbs that form at the base of the parent bulb, can be separated and planted immediately in well-draining soil at a depth of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters). Each offset will develop into a new tulip plant that should flower in the following spring if given proper care. It's important to allow the separated bulbs to dry slightly in a cool, dark place before planting to reduce the risk of rot. This straightforward method of propagation allows gardeners to expand their tulip collections and maintain the vibrancy of their favorite varieties.