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Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

Tulipa (14: Greigii Group) 'Red Riding Hood'

Tulipa greigii 9 by Łukasz Szczurowski (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Some red Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood' flowers in a garden
Some red Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood' flowers in a garden

Tulip 'Red Riding Hood' Overview

Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood' is a compact tulip cultivar that produces large bright scarlet flowers with black markings at the base and a yellow throat above attractively marked green and purple leaves. Plant bulbs three times their own depth in autumn and only water during periods of drought. They prefer full sun and free draining sites making them perfect to plant in containers ready for the following spring. Tulip 'Red Riding Hood' is classified as a division 14; Greigii tulip. These flower early in the season and produce scarlet flowers, 15cm (6") across above mottled foliage.

Common problems with Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

Tulip bulbs can be eaten by squirrels. Could also suffer from tulip fire and bulb rot.

How to harvest Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'


Bulbs need to be planted pointed end up, 10 to 15 cm deep (4 to 6") during the cold months of late autumn.


Divide bulbs when dormant. A new small bulblet will take three years to develop into a flowering bulb.


Many hybrids have been developed by crossing special traits - sow seed in Autumn and keep moist.

Special features of Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Drought resistant

Survive dry summers in bulb form.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, place in high light areas but limit direct sunlight to early mornings.

Pot plant

Tulips make beautiful potted flowers. Plant in well draining potting medium in enough sunlight to promote flowering. Plant close together for a stunning show.

Other uses of Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

This easy bulb can be planted in containers for spring displays or scattered through borders for a naturized look. It's elegant appearance can provide architectural in urban courtyard gardens as well as bank or slopes of informal gardens.


Grown for their colourful flowers.


Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.