One of the more interesting of the tulips in terms of foliage is Tulipa greigii. This is a dwarf tulip originally from Turkestan flowers appearing late in the spring range from red through to yellow with red blotches.
With large attractive flowers for a relatively small growing tulip Tulipa greigii makes a great container plant when planted in groups of 4 or 5. Flowers are single and appear on a short stem in early spring
However it is the foliage that distinduishes Tulipa greigii from all of the others, a dark green often with crimson markings.
Used widely for hybridisation look for cultivars such as
- Tulipa greigii 'red riding hood' - red flowering
- Tulipa greigii 'toronto' - red flowering
- Tulip greigii 'cape cod' - red and yellow
- Tulipa greigii 'Fur Elise' - apricot tones