Tulipa ‘Red Riding Hood’

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Tulipa ‘Red Riding Hood’ (introduced in 1953) is a hybrid greigii tulip [Division 14] that features bright scarlet red flowers with a black basal blotch inside, and leaves that are heavily streaked with brown-purple. Flowers bloom on 6-10” stems.

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The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20150321, 20150327]

Source: Wikipedia

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