For absolute perfection, this exquisite lily-flowered tulip, introduced in 1980, is top of the charts. It is truly the sum of its parts: flower shape (lily-pointed petals in a slim, elegant flower); color (luminous tangerine orange); and height (long willowy stems). As an added bonus, Ballerina is delightfully fragrant! Blooming in the late spring garden, this member of the Lily-Flowered Tulips group provides an elegant and graceful display when swaying in the spring breeze.

  • Growing up to 24 inches tall (60 cm), plant this beauty in a wind-protected location where it will create dazzling harmonies with other late season flowering bulbs.
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Performs best in full sun in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers areas with cool winters and warm dry summers.
  • Easy to grow, this tulip is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, containers. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 10 to 15 bulbs) or mixed with any other flowering bulbs. Excellent as cut flowers!
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Eating may cause severe discomfort and may cause a skin allergy.

A symbol of spring, tulips are the most popular spring bulbs and most gardeners reserve them a spot in the garden or in containers. Grown for their attractive, vibrantly colored flowers, there are currently over 3,000 registered varieties, which are divided into fifteen groups, mostly based on the flower type, size and blooming period of the tulip.

What makes Lily-Flowered Tulips different from other varieties are their slender flowers with often pointed, recurving petals. The flower stems are thin and not very sturdy, making them susceptible to wind damage. Most bloom in late spring, a few in mid spring. Some make good cut flowers, others are fragrant. But all are incredibly beautiful and should be considered in your seasonal plantings. They typically grow up to 16-24 in. tall (40-60 cm).