Tulip Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour' (14)

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


Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour', commonly known as the tulip, has a striking appearance highlighted by its vibrant and colorful flowers, which are the most distinctive feature of the plant. The petals of this variety display a rich blend of hues, often showcasing a vivid base color that may be accentuated with contrasting stripes or edges that can catch the eye from a distance. The blooms have an elegant shape, with a cup or goblet form that opens up into a star when fully bloomed, revealing the intricate design within, including the stamens and pistil at the flower's center. The leaves of the tulip are also unique, typically broad and strap-like with a smooth or sometimes wavy texture. They emerge from the base of the stem, providing a lush green backdrop that makes the flamboyant flowers stand out even more. The leaves might have a glaucous coating, contributing to a slightly blue-green tint, which complements the floral display. Overall, the aesthetic of this tulip is one of opulence and allure, making it a prized selection for gardeners who wish to create a visually arresting display in their gardens. It embodies the classic beauty for which tulips are renowned, with an added flair that comes from the dramatic colors and patterns of its blooms.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tulip, Oriental Splendour Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' is generally not considered to be highly toxic to humans. However, all parts of tulips contain allergenic lactones or similar alkaloids, particularly concentrated in the bulb. Ingesting tulip bulbs can cause some symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and when in contact with the skin during handling, it can lead to dermatitis. It is rare for severe poisoning to occur, but handling or ingesting large quantities of the bulbs could potentially lead to more serious symptoms.

    • To pets

      The Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' is toxic to pets, particularly dogs and cats. The primary toxicants are concentrated in the bulb, but all parts of the plant can be harmful if ingested. Symptoms of poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, and in severe cases, an increase in heart rate and difficulty breathing may occur. Ingesting a large quantity of the bulbs can lead to more serious conditions, such as central nervous system depression and even cardiac problems. Immediate veterinary care is recommended if a pet consumes any part of a tulip plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-61 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour', commonly known as tulip, is known for its large, brightly colored flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of any garden or landscape. It comes in an array of colors, which can beautify outdoor spaces and provide a focal point during the blooming season.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Tulips can attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden, promoting biodiversity and supporting the local ecosystem.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulips are relatively easy to cultivate and can thrive in a variety of soil types, as long as they have good drainage, making them suitable for many gardeners, including beginners.
    • Symbolic Significance: Tulips have various symbolic meanings, including love and spring, which can add an emotional or commemorative value to gardens or as part of floral displays in cultural events.
    • Seasonal Interest: Tulips mark the arrival of spring and can provide a timely and seasonal interest to gardeners looking forward to the end of the colder months.
    • Variety and Versatility: Tulips come in many shapes and forms, which allows gardeners to create diverse and interesting compositions in their plantings.
    • Cutting Gardens: Tulips are popular in cutting gardens. They have a long vase life, making them ideal for home floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • Perennial Growth: Some types of tulips come back year after year, offering a recurring burst of color with minimal replanting or maintenance.

  • 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

    • Artistic inspiration: The Tulip 'Oriental Splendour', with its striking colors, can serve as a muse for artists and photographers, inspiring paintings, illustrations, and photo series that capture the beauty of the flower.
    • Dye production: The brightly colored petals of the Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, yarns, or even inks for art projects.
    • Educational tool: Tulips can be used in educational settings, such as schools and botanical gardens, to teach students about plant biology, hybridization, and the history of the tulip mania.
    • Garden design: Tulips, including the 'Oriental Splendour', are often used in garden design to create patterns and themes due to their varied colors and their predictable blooming time.
    • Culinary presentation: Tulip petals can be used as an elegant garnish for fine dishes, although it is advised to ensure they have not been treated with chemicals before use.
    • Wedding decor: Due to their symbolism of perfect love and their springtime flowering, Tulips can be incorporated into wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and decoration themes.
    • Companion planting: Tulips can be planted among other spring bulbs or perennials to enhance the overall health and visual appeal of a garden, as they can help mark where other perennials will later emerge.
    • Event theming: The Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' can be used thematically for special events or cultural festivals, particularly those celebrating spring or Dutch culture.
    • Fragrance extraction: While not the most common use, some tulip varieties can be used for extracting essential oils for use in fragrances and aromatherapy blends.
    • Renewable crafting: Dried tulip petals and stems can be used in eco-friendly craft projects, like making paper or potpourri, contributing to a sustainable art practice.

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 are often associated with deep love and being the perfect lover, with red tulips being particularly tied to expressing true love.
    • Royalty: The majestic appearance of the 'Oriental Splendour' tulip can symbolize royalty and a regal nature due to its commanding presence and beauty.
    • Prosperity: Tulips, in general, can also be associated with abundance and prosperity, reflecting the historical period of "Tulip Mania" where they were highly valuable.
    • Rebirth: As a herald of spring, tulips symbolize rebirth and renewal because they are one of the first flowers to bloom as winter ends.
    • Perfect Love: The Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour', like other tulips, may symbolize the idea of perfect or ideal love, each petal and hue representing an aspect of love's complex nature.

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

    Oriental Splendour tulips should be watered deeply whenever the soil feels dry to the touch, which typically occurs once a week during the growing season. It is best to provide about 1 inch of water, which in a garden setting roughly translates to 0.623 gallons per square foot every week. During their dormant period, after the foliage has died back, they require little to no additional watering. To prevent bulb rot, avoid overwatering and ensure the soil has good drainage. When watering, aim for the base of the plant to keep moisture off the leaves and flowers.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, including the Oriental Splendour variety, thrive best in a location with full sun. They need about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Planting them in a south-facing garden or area that receives ample sunlight throughout the day will help ensure a vibrant bloom.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Oriental Splendour tulips prefer cool temperatures and grow best in climates with a pronounced winter chill. They can survive winter temperatures as low as 20°F and can tolerate short periods slightly colder. Ideally, they prefer the spring growing season to be between 50°F and 70°F. Excessively high temperatures above 75°F can inhibit bloom and shorten the flowering period.

  • scissorsPruning

    Oriental Splendour tulips do not require extensive pruning, but spent flowers should be deadheaded to direct energy away from seed production and back into bulb growth. Do not cut the foliage until it has turned yellow and died back naturally, typically several weeks after blooming. Removing the foliage too soon can weaken the bulb, affecting next year's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' thrives best in a well-draining, fertile soil mix with a pH range from 6.0 to 7.0. The ideal soil mix can be made of equal parts garden soil, compost, and sharp sand or grit to ensure proper drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, including the 'Oriental Splendour', are grown from bulbs which generally do not need repotting. Instead, bulbs are planted annually in the fall before the ground freezes.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Oriental Splendour' tulips do not require specific humidity levels; they are adaptable to outdoor conditions where humidity is determined by the local climate.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure chill period for bulbs, then bright, cool location.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa 'Oriental Splendour', commonly known as Oriental Splendour tulip, starts its life cycle as a bulb, which is typically planted in the fall before the first frost. During the winter, the bulb undergoes vernalization, a period of cold temperatures necessary to initiate spring growth. Come spring, the bulb sprouts and produces a stem, leaves, and eventually a single, colorful flower. After flowering, the plant enters the senescence phase where the flower wilts and the plant begins to die back, directing energy back into the bulb for the next year's growth. The foliage eventually yellows and withers away as the plant goes dormant during the summer months. The cycle repeats the following fall when the bulb is once again ready to grow and produce new flowers.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Tulip 'Oriental Splendour' is typically propagated through division of its bulbs, a process best carried out in the fall when the plants have died back and are dormant. To propagate, gently lift the mature tulip bulbs from the soil after the foliage has yellowed and died down, being careful not to damage the bulbs. Clean off any soil and remove the smaller daughter bulbs that have formed around the base of the mother bulb. These daughter bulbs can be replanted immediately or stored in a cool, dry place until planting time. Choose a well-draining spot in the garden and plant the bulbs about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) deep, with the pointy end facing up. Space them about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. With the arrival of spring, these new bulbs will develop roots and shoots, eventually blooming into the beautiful 'Oriental Splendour' tulips.