is a sense of unspoken drama and an enigmatic quality when
one gazes into a bouquet of black tulips. These unusual
flowers evoke a certain strength and power in their symbolism.
The air of mystery that they bring to a room is palpable.
This may be why bouquets of black tulips are often farewell
or good bye to those we care about.
The black tulip, also
called “Queen of the Night”, “Ebony Queen”, “Black
Hero “and “The Black Parrot” is s not
authentically black in color at all! It is a hybrid flower
developed by 'weaving' together various tulip bulbs into
a new hybrid form.
After centuries of trying to create the
actual color black, it still eludes hybridizers. The closest
they have gotten too black is a very deep velvety purple
or varying shades of dark maroon which often resembles black
in a dim light. Black tulip bulbs are highly desired by
hybridizers and admired by gardeners. Their elegance and
magnificence appeases the minds eye. Hybridizers have sought
after the (color) black tulip for centuries. From the beginning
Dutchmen tried to use their knowledge and skills of bulbs
to improve on nature.
We suspect they haven’t yet
completely given up so there’s still hope. The black
tulips are a late blooming spring flower and are enjoyed
by many gardeners because they are easy to grow. They need
full or partial sun exposure and the soil should be sandy,
very rich and well drained so as not to be too wet. There
are two methods for planting either the tulip bulbs or seeds.
They are part of the Liliaceae family and are among one
of the ten most popular in the USA.
Even though they are
hybrids flowers they require no extra care. Attend to them
on regular basis and they will grow fine. 'Queens of the
Night' are surprisingly not that rare, and can be bought
anywhere that growers sell planets, bulbs and flowers.
Black Tulip' is also the name of a famous novel by Alexandre
Dumas, the French historical novelist best known for 'The
Three Musketeers'. Set in Holland, it tells the story of
the de Witt brothers and their dramatic death at the hands
of their fellow countrymen. It can be said that the mystery
of the black tulip is truly in the eye of the beholder.