|Darwin hybrid tulips are both sturdy and tall (60cm or more). A number of years ago, they were the most popular tulips on the market. However, this popularity has diminished considerably, probably because, even though they are a beautiful cut flower, they do not last long. The first variaties were produced in 1936 by D. Lefeber from crossing Tulip fosteriana Mad. Lefeber with a Darwin tulip. These hybrids have large flowers on long stems. They combined the good qualities of both parents; the relationships of the stem length, petal size, flower shape, and plant size to each other were considered ideal. Furthermore, the brilliant colours in all shades between red and yellow were stunning. They look like poppies when they open. The flower is especially striking when it is closed, as it usually is in the morning, when the flower is covered with a slot light gloss.