Tulip Tulipa 'Vincent van Gogh' (7)

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


The Tulipa 'Vincent van Gogh' is a captivating tulip variety named after the iconic Dutch painter. It boasts a striking bloom color that can best be described as a rich, deep purple. This tulip variety's flowers have a classic cup-shaped form which is typical of many tulip types, exhibiting a graceful and elegant appearance. The petals themselves have a notable sheen and may appear almost velvety in texture, giving the flowers a luxurious look. Inside the blooms, the base often displays a different shade, sometimes a lighter purple or even a contrasting color, which adds depth and complexity to the flower's appearance. The leaves of this tulip are lance-shaped, with a typical green color that may have a glaucous, or slightly waxy, finish. The foliage grows in a clumping manner, forming a tidy background to showcase the intense and dramatic blossoms above. The tulip’s leaves and stems also contribute to the overall robust feel of the plant, providing a strong foundation for the flashy blooms. As a cultivated variety, the Tulipa 'Vincent van Gogh' is developed to capture the essence and vibrancy of the painter’s work through the medium of the garden landscape, thus this tulip is often planted for its artistic and visual appeal. It is especially popular in ornamental gardens for its rich hues and impressive flowers which bring a splash of dramatic color to the scene during its blooming season.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Vincent van Gogh Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Vincent van Gogh'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulip 'Vincent van Gogh', commonly known as tulip, is not typically considered highly toxic to humans, but it can cause some discomfort if ingested. All parts of the tulip contain allergenic lactones and glycosides, which can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness if eaten in large quantities. The most toxic part of the tulip is the bulb. Additionally, handling the bulbs may cause allergic skin reactions in some people due to the presence of tulipalin A and B. If any part of the plant is ingested, medical attention should be sought, particularly if symptoms are severe.

    • To pets

      Tulip 'Vincent van Gogh', simply known as tulip, can be toxic to pets, especially dogs and cats. The entire plant contains allergenic lactones and glycosides, but the bulb is the most toxic part. If a pet ingests tulip bulbs, they may exhibit symptoms, such as gastrointestinal upset, drooling, loss of appetite, or even depression of the central nervous system. In more severe cases, ingestion can lead to symptoms like heart issues and difficulty breathing. If you suspect your pet has ingested tulip parts, especially the bulbs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      4-6 inches (10-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Invites bees and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Ease of Care: Typically requires minimal maintenance once established in the right conditions.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides a distinctive bloom in spring, marking the change of seasons.
    • Cultural Significance: Associated with art due to its namesake, enhancing thematic gardening.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a variety of garden designs, from formal to cottage-style gardens.
    • Propagation: Can be easily propagated through bulb division, allowing for garden expansion.

  • 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, offering a range of colors from pinks to yellows based on the color of the petals.
    • The strong stems of tulips can be woven into small baskets or decorative items, showcasing the plant's versatility beyond its visual appeal.
    • Crushed tulip petals may serve as a colorant in hand-made papers, giving them a unique and textured look for art projects.
    • The shape and structure of tulip petals can inspire architectural designs, as their form provides ideas for both aesthetics and structural efficiency.
    • Tulips can be used in culinary presentations as an edible garnish, adding a splash of color and a touch of elegance to dishes.
    • Tulip petals, being edible, can be crystallized with sugar to create delicate, sweet decorations for desserts.
    • In photography, tulips are utilized for practicing macro photography techniques due to their distinctive shapes and colors.
    • The vibrant colors of tulips can be captured to make natural inks for painting or calligraphy, highlighting the plant's artistic utility.
    • Tulips can be used as a natural pest control method in gardens by planting them as a companion plant to repel certain insects.
    • Dried tulip petals can be added to homemade potpourri mixtures to provide a subtle fragrance to a room.

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 are often associated with a declaration of perfect love, and their bold colors and distinctive shape make a strong romantic statement.
    • Fame and Eternal Life: The 'Vincent van Gogh' variety, named after the famous painter, may carry the symbolism of Van Gogh's own quest for recognition and the immortality of his artistic legacy.
    • Rebirth: As spring flowers, tulips are symbolic of rebirth and new beginnings, fitting for a plant that emerges vibrantly after the cold winter months.
    • Charity: The 'Vincent van Gogh' tulip, with its richness and depth of color, can be seen as a symbol of generosity and giving.
    • Forgiveness: In some contexts, the presentation of a tulip is a way to ask for forgiveness or to convey a sense of understanding and mutual respect.
    • Deep Passion: The intense color of the 'Vincent van Gogh' tulip can signify deep, passionate love and admiration.
    • Inspiration: As a cultivar named after an inspirational artist, this flower can also serve as a symbol of creativity and the inspiration to create beauty.

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

    Tulips, including the 'Vincent van Gogh' variety, prefer to be watered thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch during their growing season. Usually, this would mean watering once every week or two, depending on soil and weather conditions, providing about 1 inch of water each time to ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During their dormant period, usually after the leaves yellow in late spring or early summer, watering should be reduced significantly or stopped altogether. Overwatering can cause bulb rot, so ensure good drainage and allow the topsoil to dry out between watering sessions.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, such as the 'Vincent van Gogh', thrive in full sun to partial shade. They require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for the best growth and most vibrant blooms. Planting them in a spot that gets bright, morning sunlight but is shielded from the intense afternoon heat can be ideal, especially in hotter climates. However, these tulips are resilient and can still perform well even if they receive less than the optimal amount of sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The 'Vincent van Gogh' tulip prefers a moderate temperature range and requires a cold dormancy period to bloom successfully. They can survive winter temperatures down to about 14 degrees Fahrenheit, but the ideal growing temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and cooler at night. Excessive heat can be detrimental, so if temperatures consistently exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit in your area, it may shorten the plant's blooming period.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning of 'Vincent van Gogh' tulips is minimal and primarily consists of deadheading spent flowers after blooming to redirect energy to the bulbs. Remove only the faded flowers and stems but leave the foliage until it turns yellow and dies back naturally. This typically occurs in late spring or early summer. Pruning the leaves too early can weaken the bulb since the foliage is needed for photosynthesis, which stores energy for the next growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips require well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. A mix of one-third garden soil, one-third compost or well-rotted manure, and one-third sharp sand or gravel is ideal for tulips to thrive, ensuring proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, being perennial bulbs, do not need to be repotted like other potted plants. Instead, they should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and ensure vigorous growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips prefer a moderate humidity level but are quite adaptable. As long as they are planted in well-draining soil and have good air circulation, ambient outdoor humidity should not adversely affect their growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall; full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa 'Vincent van Gogh', commonly known as the Vincent van Gogh tulip, starts its life as a bulb, which is typically planted in the fall before the ground freezes. In spring, as temperatures rise and the days lengthen, the bulb breaks dormancy and sends up shoots, which develop into stems and leaves. By mid to late spring, the plant flowers, showcasing the characteristic vibrant hues inspired by the famous painter. After blooming, the flower wilts and the plant enters a phase of senescence, where the above-ground parts die back. The bulb, however, remains dormant underground during the summer months, conserving energy for the next growing season. In the following fall, the cycle repeats, with the bulb producing new shoots, and the growth process begins anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: The Tulip 'Vincent van Gogh' is commonly propagated through a method called scaling, where the bulbs are divided to encourage the growth of smaller bulblets. This process typically occurs when the plant is dormant, which for tulips is usually in late summer to fall, after the foliage has died back. To propagate by scaling, you carefully remove the main bulb from the ground, clean off the soil, and gently peel away the outer scales until you reach the basal plate. The detached scales can be treated with a fungicide to prevent rot and then planted in a well-draining potting mix. It's important to maintain consistent moisture but avoid overwatering. The scales will eventually produce bulblets, which can be grown on to become flowering bulbs over the course of one to several growing seasons, depending on their care and growing conditions.