Kaufmanniana tulip plants are native to Turkistan, where they grow wild. They were introduced to Europe in 1877. Today, Kaufman tulip flowers are available in nearly every color except true blue, including dazzling shades of rose, golden yellow, pink, violet, orange and red. Interiors of the blooms are multicolored. Like all spring bulbs, Kaufmanniana looks best when planted in groups of at least five or 10. These early-blooming tulips are especially noticeable when planted in combination with other flowering bulbs.
Tulipa 'Showwinner' (Kaufmanniana tulip) is a striking cultivar of the waterlily tulips, with its bright scarlet flowers which open wide to reveal a golden heart and are held on short stems above mottled leaves.