I want to share a photo from my garden from last month. The picture is of tulip Black Parrot that I planted last fall. I purchased it a cool garden center here in Chicago called Sprout Home because the photo of the tulip on the package was stunning. The tulip bulbs were packaged by a garden wholesaler named VanBloem Gardens that sells plants and horticultural equipment across the U.S and Canada. While not as large and nuanced as the product pictured on the package makes the Black Parrot tulips look they are still pretty stunning. The ruffled petals start a wine-red and darken to an almost black and the petals open up semi- flat and horizontal to the stem and reach a height of about 20 inches. The Leaves of this bulb are a grayish-green color and look the same as any other tulip. In my garden I also have Flaming Parrot tulips and the flowers of Black Parrot are smaller and not as flamboyant by comparison.
I've been looking at many photos on tulip bulb retailers and have noticed that just about all of the photos of Black Parrot are different. Some of the differences are probably attributed to the fact that the photographer did some creative editing and some are probably due to differences in cultivation. I think I'll add a few more if I can find them this fall and enjoy the differences. The other black tulip in my garden I posted a photo of last spring, tulip Queen of Night. I planted Black Parrot in front of Queen of Night and it was a little bit of an overkill. Queen of Night grew taller and looks more graceful. When they're planted together they kind of blend and you can't enjoy either. I suggest either planting your black tulips separate from any other dark colors or maybe mixed in with lighter colors so they stand out. Slowly but surely my black flower collection is growing and if I'm not careful people will think I'm Goth or worse.