Paul Scherer sits on a tallish, strong stem. The dramatic goblet-shaped flower itself is very dark purple, almost black overall with a dab of cream in the middle. Plant en masse in sunny, well-drained areas in beds, borders, edging, gardens, pots, or drifts. Used as a cut flower, this tulip will create quite a stunning display. Blend with yellows, reds or white to create a stunning landscape.