Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'
Tulip 'Nightmare'

Tulip 'Nightmare'

"Black tulip"

Tulip 'Nightmare'

3 bulbs — £9.90

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in August/September

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
You can expect your order in September/October

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Description

Glamourous, silky and a little bit gothic, Tulip 'Nightmare' gets within touching distance of the holy grail of tulip breeders—that rare very near jet-black colour. This new addition to the almost-black range boasts a spectacular shade of darkest plum, with a sheen to the petals that looks like moonlight shining on water during a dark, still night. Is this the stuff of nightmares, or every tulip lover’s dream?  

Even the stems on this tulip are beautiful, stained with that same mysterious dark plum as they rise up to meet the bloom. They are also strong and tall, holding up the elegant cups whatever the weather. Tulip 'Nightmare would look fabulous combined with so many other colours, one reason perhaps why this shade is so sought-after. Tulip 'Nightmare would also make an incredibly striking display in a vase, the dark tones adding great depth and contrast to other shades. Flowering in mid to late spring, there’s no overstating the impact and glamour that this tulip will provide, whether indoors or outdoors. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Perfect for pots

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Tulipa 'Nightmare

  • Tulip group

    Single late (5)

  • Flower colour

    Near-black

  • Bulb size

    12/+

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    60 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Short-lived perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

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  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Tulip 'Nightmare' bulbs from mid to late autumn

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade

    • Plant your "Black tulip" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart

    • Place the Tulip 'Nightmare' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards

    Read all Tulip planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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