humlegården tulips

The pineapple tulip of Stockholm's Humlegården park.

humlegården tulips

And the gorgeous flower beds surrounding the pineapples.

Walking by Humlegården today, I saw this gorgeous bed of tulips in full bloom but couldn’t quite figure out what some of the flowers were. Coming up for a closer look, I decided these taller flowers had to be some sort of a tulip, but to me they looked like the top of a pineapple with tulips hanging upside down from it. So I am hereby calling them pineapple tulips. Of course, I am willing to be educated about what these things actually are.

stockholms stadion

Meanwhile, most of the trees are beginning to show traces of green. The building here is Stockholm's Stadion – one of the venues for the 1912 Olympic games.


1 Jodi May 10, 2012 at 14:35

Looks like I need to wander through Humlegården this evening! We’ve been waiting for the Linneas garden to bloom! Looks great!

2 Stephen May 10, 2012 at 14:44

Fritillaria imperialis… but I think pineapple tulips a much nicer name.

3 Sandra May 10, 2012 at 14:46

Why thanks Stephen. I had no idea you were such a botanist! Are they in the tulip family?

4 Sandra May 10, 2012 at 14:47

Definitely Jodi. Things are looking gorgeous.

5 janerowena May 11, 2012 at 13:06

They are also known as Crown Imperials, if you prefer that name. They are members of the lily family. Or just call them fritillaries, although there are others known as that. They can be pretty striking at this time of year, there is nothing else quite as bold this early.

6 Sandra May 11, 2012 at 14:18

Thanks Jane. When I wrote this, I was thinking that you might be able to fill me in. So the flowers is not part of the tulip family at all then?
And by the way, Stephen is a fellow Brit. You guys know your flowers!

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