The largest and blowsiest of the parrot tulips is now coming into bloom. Texas Flame has a bright, bright yellow ground with vivid red and green markings. It is about twice the size of most of the parrots and finds it impossible to hold its head up. It has a great vase life and does wonderful flopping, twisting, operatic death-throes as it develops. It is probably best on its own in a vase where it can be fully appreciated.
The very flower-shop arrangement of 4 cut stems submerged in a large glass vase looks fantastic - it intensifies the colour and the flailing petals - but only lasts a few days before the flowers begin to fall apart