I’ve nearly finished the Alexander Dumas now, and given that the central plot point of the novel is the creation of an elusive black tulip, it was only a matter of time before this went up.
This, the Queen of the Night, is by far the blackest tulip developed (as far as I know) and is stunning, although it isn’t actually true black. It’s actually a very dark maroon and I am told that it is possible for Queen of the Night to bloom closer to the maroon shade than the black. A truly black tulip remains elusive, although I’ve no idea if any Dutch horticultural societies are still offering cash prizes for its development. Somehow, I doubt it.
There’s a garden in a house near where I live which features Queen of the Night tulips planted with a mix of dahlia, iris and alliums. It’s a good combination and the tulips always catch my eye. I suppose they are as easy to grow as other tulips so perhaps I should try them next year.