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Tulips: Tulipa 'Gavota'

Botanical name: Tulipa 'Gavota'

Common name: triumph tulip

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 3a thru 7b


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Although 'Gavota' is a thoroughly modern tulip, the silhouette of this flower harkens back to Renaissance times. Not only is it perfectly elegant in shape, with long lines, but it also wears a richly colored costume of vermilion and pale yellow. A cross between single early tulips and late-flowering species produced the Triumph Tulip. This group is, indeed, triumphant in both the size and color selection of the blooms. Triumphs also stand out for their curvaceous hourglass flower shape, sturdy stems and durability as a cut flower. Blooms mid spring. Plant in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. Excellent for beds and borders or planted in front of taller mid-season Darwin hybrid tulips. Triumph tulips are used very often for forcing. The largest group of tulips available; very showy but generally not as perennial. Spent flowers should be removed so that the energy goes into revitalizing bulbs & offshoots instead of seeds. As with other bulbous plants, the leaves should not be cut back until they begin to yellow. This permits bulbs to recharge before going summer-dormant, so that they will thrive in the garden for many years. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


Triumph tulips are a recognized class of tulips first given their position in the Classified Tulip List of 1935. They are chiefly the result of hybridization between single early tulips and late flowering varieties. As a result, the flowers are substantial on a medium length stem and bloom mid-season.

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