'Red Riding Hood' is one of Wendy's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:
This 12-inch-tall, knockout red, Greigii tulip, is a symbol of spring! The mottled purple, green, yellow foliage is as pretty as the giant, 4 inch across blooms that open wide on sunny days. When planted in full sun and well-drained soil this beauty will naturalize nicely.
My what big flowers you have...the better to please you with, my dear! Red Riding Hood lives up to her name with bright carmine-red flowers atop mottled foliage. On a sunny day she'll open right up to reveal a interior ring of black...quite surprising and appealing!
Greigii Tulips were developed from the Tulipa greigii species, which is native to Turkestan. Greigii Tulips are low growing but the blooms are very large in proportion to the rest of the plant as a whole and let's admit it, we all grow tulips for the flower portion! They come in very bright colors, like red and yellow, and the flowers open wide in full sun, creating blooms that can be more than 5 inches in diameter when fully open.
Due to their short height, Greigii Tulips are ideal for rock gardens and containers. They have an added attraction in that the leaves are usually patterned with stripes or spots, called 'mottling' in purple or brown. And one last terrific point about these lovely blooms is that they naturalize very well meaning they come back year after year and will slowly multiply in the garden.