Are Rembrandt tulips still available?

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Are Rembrandt tulips still available?

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Rembrandt tulips produce striped or “broken” blooms.  The white, yellow, or red petals are striped (flamed) with red, bronze, or purple.  Rembrandt tulips were sold for huge sums during “tulip mania” in Holland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  The unusual markings were actually caused by a virus.  Since the distinctive flowers were the result of a disease, the original Rembrandt tulips are no longer sold.

However, several modern, virus-free Rembrandt-type tulips are available.  Modern Rembrandt-type tulip varieties include

  • ‘Olympic Flame’ (yellow with red flames)
  • ‘Prinses Irene’ (orange with purple flames)
  • ‘Sorbet’ (white with cardinal red flames)
  • ‘Rembrandt’s Favorite’ (white with bluish purple flames).  
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