This colour-changing tulip is fun and eye-catching, with shades of pink, white and purple.
Hotpants' is a cheeky tulip, a classically-shaped white variety that looks for all the world as though it's been kissed by someone wearing very bright pink lipstick. She's got a few tricks up her sleeve too, being one of the colour-changing cultivars. Ivory-hued buds become lined and infused with pink as they open, darkening to purple over time, while the background colour of the petals brightens to ever-purer white. Lots of flowers per bulb - this is one of the multi-headed sorts that seems to be becoming ever more popular.
An intriguing colour-changing tulip that has lots of flowers - wonderful for cut blooms too.
Plant Type: Spring Bulb
Hardiness: H6: Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 30cm x 20cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White, Pink, Purple
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Bulbs should not be eaten/skin irritant
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Informal Garden, Containers, Flower Beds & Borders, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Cottage Garden
Season of Interest: Spring
Flowering (from - to): April - May
Tulips grow best in a warm sunny position, in fertile, well-drained soil. Either remove the pot and plant into well prepared soil by digging a hole twice the size of the pot, or simply plunge the pot into a border or larger container and remove it once the flowers have been enjoyed. Plant the bulbs in late autumn or early winter, 10-15cm deep and at least 10cm apart. Cover the bulbs with soil, and you can forget all about them until spring! With their vibrant blooms held on narrow stems, tulips are ideal for dotting through garden borders, adding accents of colour wherever they go. They do really well in pots too - or grow a row or two in the vegetable patch or allotment, and use them as cut flowers. Plant generous numbers of them for maximum impact. Tulips will give their very best if grown somewhere away from strong winds that can sometimes bash the petals. Planted in a sheltered spot its colourful flowers are sure to enchant you for weeks on end.