Untouched Colour/color Photograph by J. McCombie.
The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant (Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan) and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.
Div. 3: Triumph – single, cup shaped flowers up to 6 cm wide. Plants grow 35–60 cm tall and bloom mid to late season.
Carnaval de Rio’ is a bulbous perennial producing upright, lance-shaped, grey-green leaves with narrow, white margins and, in mid- to late spring, single, cup-shaped, lightly fragrant, a sizzling combination of white flowers with red stripes. The strong, bold colours of the inside of the flower are a sharp contrast to the soft colours of the outside of the flower. A great Rembrandt tulip.
Other names: Tulip ‘Carnaval de Rio’, Triumph tulip ‘Carnaval de Rio’, Tulipa ’Carnival de Rio.