We already know that there are tulips of many different colors, but some varieties even have a peculiar shape that is no longer so reminiscent of the typical tulip we know. Among these types, one very curious one stands out: The Fancy Frills Tulip. Why is it so peculiar? How does it look like? What are their characteristics?
In this post we are going to answer these key questions. we will explain what is the Fancy Frills tulip, what differentiates it from the others and some more curiosities. I recommend that you continue reading if you want to find out more about this peculiar but precious variety of the genus. Fire.
What is the Fancy Frills tulip and what are its characteristics?
The plant world is very wide. There are many different varieties of species that in turn form part of genera, and these of families, etc. The gender Fire It has about 150 species and more than 5000 hybrid varieties! It was at the end of the 11th century when these beautiful flowers began to be cultivated for ornamental purposes. Despite being originally from Asia, today we can find them all over the world, especially in Holland, where it is a very important flower. Since tulip mania began, the number of varieties of tulips has not grown any further.
But enough of so much history about the origin of these flowers. What we really want to know is what the Fancy Frills tulip is. The name is English and translates as “fancy fringe” or “creative fringe.” This name comes to mind for its most distinctive feature is the ruffled edges of the petals, which appear to be fringed. They are generally pink and white or fuchsia and white in color, and can reach a height of between 15 and 24 inches. Flowering is quite a spectacle and normally takes place in the months of April and May.
If you are liking this flower and you are thinking of acquiring it to grow it, it is important that you take into account a little detail: It is a toxic flower for cats (for humans too, but we would have to ingest large amounts of it, and I don’t think anyone intends to eat it). However, if we have feline companions at home we must be careful. Although it is true that the bulb is the most toxic part, the ingestion of other parts of the vegetable can cause various symptoms. Among them are depression, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms usually appear very quickly. The best thing we can do in these cases is to go to the vet.
curiosities about Fire Fancy Frills
It is obvious that this variety of Fire it is very striking. Therefore it is not surprising that it is highly appreciated in the most important and imposing gardens. In fact, one of the largest in the world has specimens of the Fancy Frills tulip, along with seven million other flowering plant species (and more!). It is located in the Netherlands, specifically in Keukenhof, and it is a truly spectacular garden. It has more than 32 hectares of land where we can find various types of tulips, among many other plants. A little curious fact: among all the best-selling flowers worldwide, tulips occupy the third position.
Another remarkable aspect of the Fancy Frills tulip is that has the Merit Award in Gardening, also known as AGM for its acronym in English. It treats of a prize that represents the quality of the vegetable and that is granted by the British RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). Different plants are evaluated each year according to their performance under UK conditions. These tests that are carried out can last several years.
Criteria for a plant to qualify for AGM
For a vegetable, whatever it may be, to obtain the Gardening Merit award, must meet the following criteria:
- It must be able to be found on the market.
- The ornamental or economic value must be exceptional.
- The constitution of the vegetable has to be good.
- It should not require extra care or specialized care.
- It must be resistant to both diseases and pests.
- It should not need some degree of reversal.
And how can we recognize Merit in Gardening? The symbol that represents this award it is a trophy with handles. In addition, it is linked to an evaluation of the rusticity of the plants that is represented as follows:
- H1: You need a greenhouse that contains a heater.
- H2: It requires living in a greenhouse but does not need to have heating.
- H3: It can live outdoors in some regions. However, it may require protection in winter so as not to suffer from frost.
- H4: In the British Isles it is capable of surviving as is.
- H1-2: It is an intermediate of H1 and H2.
- H2-3: It is an intermediate point of H2 and H3.
- H3-4: The same but from H3 and H4.
It’s funny how wide a variety of shapes exist in the plant world, right?