Definition of parrot tulip in US English:

parrot tulip


  • A cultivated tulip of a variety which has irregularly fringed or wavy petals, typically of two colors.

    • ‘Orange, every shade of pink and red will be on display as varieties such as the parrot tulip, named because of the shape of its petals, and lily flowered tulips, whose petals turn back in a delicate point, freely bloom.’
    • ‘Try something new - for instance fragrant orange ‘Ad Rem’, blush pink peony - flowered ‘Angelique’, or the ruffled red parrot tulip ‘Rococo’.’
    • ‘A vibrant mix of bulbs and tubers including parrot tulip, hedra, bagnum moss and yellow island roses, it can be delivered worldwide.’
    • ‘The swirling borders on the mirror base in Plate II contain distinctive carnations and fluttering parrot tulips derived from seventeenth-century Dutch flower painting, but flowers are only rarely depicted so accurately in penwork.’
    • ‘There are also playful parrot tulips with ruffled flower edges, frilly fringed tulips and lily-flowered tulips with pointed petals.’