Botanical Name: Tulipa kaufmanniana
Common Name: Kaufmann Tulip  
Plant photo of: Tulipa kaufmanniana
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Bulb


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Red, Yellow, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Red, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

According to Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky's Bulbs, Kaufmann Tulips are a very early tulip, generally low-growing to about 7 to 8 inches tall. The flowers are carmine, red, yellow, to cream, with the paler tulips freqnethly having a carmine blush on the outsides of the petal. The leaves are green and sometimes mottled red. Brent thinks these tulips are a great choice for a rock garden, container, or window box.
As with all tulips, grow in full sun in well drained soil, preferably in sandy-loam to clay-loam soil. Deadhead to keep a tidy appearance and to prevent seed formation, which takes energy from the bulb. Leave the foliage until its well spent, as it feeds the bulb and helps to make next year's flowers. Tulips are a great addition to a moderate to low water use garden, as they go dormant soon after blooming, and too much water can cause them to rot. Deer love, love, love tulip flowers.