18 purple tulips for a very violet spring garden

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Tulips are a household favorite in every flower lover’s garden. There’s nothing that quite says spring like a garden bed full of gorgeous purple tulips Today, we’ve compiled over fifteen types of purple tulip varieties for you, including their shade of purple, flower shape, typical height, and time of spring they tend to bloom. 

Purple tulips

1. Purple Pride tulip

This light purple tulip variety is one of our favorites and we know you’ve seen them all over! This classic purple tulip holds a traditional tulip shape and is a lighter shade of lilac than some other varieties. They tend to bloom mid-spring and are able to grow up to 18” in height. 

2. Black Parrot tulip 

We love these dark purple tulips because they’re colorful and fun! These low-maintenance flowers bloom in late spring and can grow up to 24” tall. 

3. Purple Prince tulip 

Growing to 18” in height, these richly-colored purple tulips bloom early to mid-spring and are a tulip classic. Be sure to keep them in a spot where they can get 6-8 hours of direct sunlight and watch these beauties bloom.

4. Flaming Flag tulip 

These decadent flowers have been the inspiration for artists everywhere. These purple flowers, decked with streams of white, are perfect for any flower garden. Blooming in mid-spring, these tulips can grow between 14-16” and need lots of sunlight.

5. Negrita tulip 

At their healthiest, these tulips can grow up to 20” in height and have a traditional tulip shape. Like most tulips, we recommend planting them in the fall, and they tend to bloom in mid-spring. These deep purple flowers are guaranteed to brighten your day!

6. Candy Prince tulip

These tulips are truly one of the most beautiful types of flowers we’ve ever seen. Unlike many of the other tulips on this list, these beauties have just a touch of purple, but it’s enough to make anyone want to plant them year after year. These tulips grow mid to late spring and can grow up to 14” in height.  

7. Blue Heron tulip

These tulips have a more traditional shape but are edged in a ruffled shape, making them one of the most interesting types of tulips. These low-maintenance tulips grow best in lots of sunlight and will begin to bloom around mid-spring. With lots of water and sunlight, they can grow up to 24” tall! 

 8. Light and Dreamy tulip

This flower certainly lives up to its name! This purple flower, decked with pink and white hues, is a springtime favorite. It blooms in mid-spring, like many other types of tulips, and can grow up to 30” with lots of sunlight and water.

 9. Pittsburg tulip

This is another one of our favorite purple tulips, but with a lovely red shade that gives it a bit of an edge. This is not one of the more traditionally shaped tulips, its head is closed giving it more of an egg shape. These flowers grow between 16-18” and tend to bloom in mid-spring.

 10. Double Flag tulip 

Not to be confused with the flaming flag tulip we mentioned above, these tulips have a traditional shape with their petals ruffled at the ends, giving them an elegant look. Their signature deep purple color is what they’re known best for and they bloom early to mid-spring. When healthy, these beauties can grow up to 14-16” in height.

11. Vincent Van Gogh tulip

No doubt, Vincent Van Gogh would be honored to have such beautiful flowers named after him. These dark purple flowers are a work of art in their own right, growing up to 12-18” in height. Their fringed edges and deep, rustic color add a gorgeous pop of color to any flower garden. Additionally, they bloom in mid-spring.

 12. Bleu Aimable tulip 

These tulips are perfect cut flowers and would make a perfect centerpiece. These flowers do bloom in late spring, but it’s better late than never! With plenty of sunlight and water, these blue-violet colored tulips can grow up to 22” in height. Without a doubt, they’re one of our favorites!

13. Jacuzzi tulip 

Jacuzzi tulips are one of the classic types of tulips, deep purple with strokes of white that add to their interesting color. These beauties can grow up to 18” and bloom mid-spring, just in time for Easter. You’ll love waking up to look out at these all spring!

14. Ballade tulip

One of the most interesting types of purple tulips, ballade tulips are fascinating to look at. With wisps of deep red, the shape of these tulips is what they’re best known for, their petals gently tapered at the ends. Blooming in the late spring, ballade tulips can grow from 12-24” in height. They’re sure to be a flower you’ll want to bring back year after year.

15. Librije tulip

Blooming in mid-spring, these purple tulips can grow up to 22” in height with plenty of sunshine and water. These tulips are a gorgeous light purple color, laced with shades of white around their edges. They’re a must-have for any spring flower garden and they won’t disappoint!

16. Spitsbergen tulip

Don’t let the unusual name fool you–these tulips are one of the finest types of tulips around. Complete with a deep, purple, and red mixture, these tulips are rare but they bloom mid-spring and can grow up to 22” tall.  

17. Request tulip

When thinking of types of purple tulips, many people wouldn’t believe it but these tulips are absolutely part of the family. While they don’t hold a traditional tulip shape, their petals are more pointed at the ends, giving them a flame look with shades of reddish-purple, and yellow edges. They grow mid to late spring and can grow between 20-22” in height. If you’re looking for something to add a little zest to your flower bed, this purple tulip is one we highly recommend.

18. Valery Gergiev tulip

These feisty purple tulips are just as unique as the Russian conductor they were named after. Their reddish-purple edges have a ruffled look, making them one of the most interesting types of tulips to grow. They bloom mid-spring and tend to range between 16-18” in height. 

Purple parrot tulip
Purple flag tulips


Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.