Tulip Tulipa 'West Point' (6)

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


Tulipa 'West Point' is a striking plant known for its unique and beautiful blossoms. The vivid yellow flowers have an elongated cup shape that gracefully tapers to a point, resembling stars, especially when fully opened in the sunshine. Each petal has slightly ruffled edges, giving a delicate and textured appearance. The interior of the bloom often exhibits a deeper yellow hue and, at times, may have a greenish base, adding to the charm and contrast of the flower. The floral display sits atop sturdy stems that rise from a rosette of bluish-green leaves. These leaves are typically elongated and may have a slightly wavy edge, providing an appealing backdrop for the vibrant yellow flowers. The overall appearance is of a robust and cheerful plant, contributing a splash of brightness to any setting where it is planted. Tulipa 'West Point' is a type of tulip that is particularly renowned for its resilience and ability to add a touch of elegance to gardens and floral arrangements.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      West Point Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'West Point'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulip 'West Point' generally poses little to no toxicity to humans and is considered to have low toxicity risk. However, ingestion of any parts of this plant, particularly the bulbs, may cause mild stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in some individuals. In rare cases, contact with the bulb's dust or sap may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

    • To pets

      Tulips can be toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. When ingested, the most toxic part, the bulb, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions, and cardiac abnormalities. If your pet consumes any part of a tulip, it is advisable to contact your veterinarian promptly.

  • 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

    • Vibrant Color: Tulipa 'West Point' produces bright yellow flowers that can add a vivid splash of color to any garden.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: The unique shape and color of the flowers make them a favorite for gardeners looking to create visually appealing landscapes.
    • Ease of Cultivation: Like many tulip varieties, Tulipa 'West Point' is relatively easy to grow, requiring minimal maintenance once established.
    • Pollen-rich Flowers: The flowers attract bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems and the pollination of other plants.
    • Seasonal Interest: They bloom in spring, providing an early burst of color after the winter months and signalling the start of a new growing season.
    • Border Planting: Suitable for borders and floral beds, Tulipa 'West Point' can serve as an effective edging plant, providing structure to garden designs.
    • Floral Arrangements: The sturdy stems and striking flowers of the 'West Point' tulip make it a great option for cut floral arrangements and bouquets.

  • 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 as a natural colorant for foods, imparting a pinkish-red hue to dishes.
    • The bulb fibers of tulips can be crafted into a natural source of vegan leather, providing an alternative to animal-based materials.
    • When carefully crushed, tulip petals can be included in homemade dyes for textiles, offering a spectrum of pink and red shades.
    • In the art of pressed flowers, tulip petals can be preserved and used for creating intricate designs and patterns for decorative purposes.
    • Tulip stems, due to their rigidity, can be repurposed in small-scale construction of art projects like models and sculptures.
    • Dried and ground tulip bulbs have been historically used as a flour substitute or additive in times of scarcity.
    • Tulips can be part of a color-themed garden design, contributing bright yellow hues to the palette.
    • The shape and bright colors of tulip flowers can serve as natural inspirations for designers and artists in various fields, including fashion and interior design.
    • Tulip blossoms can be used in crafting, such as in making potpourri or floral displays for home decor.
    • The sturdy nature of tulip petals allows them to be used in creating natural jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces, after proper treatment.

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 associated with perfect and deep love. The 'West Point' variety, with its vibrant and pointed petals, may emphasize the intensity and focus of such love.
    • Rebirth: Since tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, they are often connected to the idea of rebirth and new beginnings.
    • Charity: The 'West Point' tulip with its bright, cheerful yellow hue, is often thought to represent charity and support for the less fortunate.
    • Hope: The yellow color of the 'West Point' tulip also denotes hope and cheerful thoughts, signifying a sense of anticipation and optimism.
    • Royalty: Tulips were historically valued by royalty and nobility, and their presence can symbolize regal power and wealth.
    • Forgiveness: Offering tulips, including the 'West Point' variety, can be a way to ask for forgiveness, as they are seen as a symbol of apology and reconciliation.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Water the Yellow Tulip or Tulipa 'West Point' deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch, about 1 to 2 inches below the surface. This generally means watering every 7 to 10 days, but this can vary depending on climate and soil conditions. When watering, it's important to soak the soil thoroughly so that the water reaches the bulb, which is generally equivalent to about a gallon for an outdoor garden tulip cluster. Avoid watering too frequently, as tulips are susceptible to bulb rot when kept too wet. During the dormant period after the tulips have bloomed and the leaves have died back, withhold watering as they prefer a drier resting phase.

  • sunLight

    Yellow Tulips require full sun conditions to thrive, meaning at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. They perform best when planted in a location that receives morning sunlight and some light afternoon shade, especially in hotter regions. Ensuring ample sunlight will lead to stronger stems and more vibrant flowers. Avoid areas that are shaded for most of the day, as this can result in weak plants and fewer blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Yellow Tulips prefer a cooler climate and thrive in temperatures between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during their growth period. They can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but should be protected from temperatures below this, as it can damage or kill the plant. The ideal growing condition is to experience a cold dormancy period, necessary for bulb development, followed by a cool to moderate spring temperature that allows for optimal growth and bloom.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Yellow Tulips involves deadheading the spent flowers shortly after they bloom to redirect energy away from seed production and back into the bulb for next year's growth. Do not remove the foliage until it has fully yellowed and died back, usually about 6 weeks after blooming, as the leaves are necessary to replenish the bulb's nutrients. Pruning is typically done annually, after flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    West Point tulips thrive best in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH range from 6.0 to 7.0. An ideal soil mix would consist of equal parts garden soil, compost, and sharp sand to ensure proper drainage and nutrient content. Always ensure the soil is loose to allow proper root growth.

  • plantRepotting

    West Point tulips are typically not repotted; they are perennials grown from bulbs. After flowering, bulbs can be lifted and separated if overcrowded and then replanted in the fall.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    West Point tulips prefer average outdoor humidity levels. They do not require specific humidity control, making them adaptable to typical garden environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good air flow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, provide full sun, and ensure well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa 'West Point', commonly known as the West Point tulip, begins its life cycle as a bulb which is planted in the autumn before the frost sets in. During this period, the bulb undergoes root development and may establish a rudimentary shoot that awaits spring. With the arrival of warmer temperatures in spring, the shoot emerges from the soil, developing into a stem with leaves, and eventually a single, distinctive yellow flower blossoms. After pollination, which may be facilitated by insects, the flower fades and the plant forms a seed capsule if conditions allow. However, many gardeners remove the flower heads to redirect energy into the bulb for the next year. As summer progresses, the foliage of the West Point tulip yellows and dies back, and the plant enters a period of dormancy until the next autumn when the cycle begins again.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Tulipa 'West Point', commonly known as the West Point tulip, is most commonly propagated through the division of its bulbs. This is typically done in the fall, once the foliage has died back and the plant is dormant. The bulbs will have produced offsets, also known as daughter bulbs, which can be gently separated from the mother bulb. It is important to ensure that each offset has a portion of the basal plate to ensure it can produce roots. After separation, the bulbs are normally allowed to dry briefly in a well-ventilated space before being planted in well-drained soil at a depth of about three times the height of the bulb, which typically translates to 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) deep. The newly planted bulbs will then rest over the winter months and begin to grow in the spring, producing new blossoms typically identical to the parent plant.