Tulips are one of the most popular spring flowers of all time and one of the most popular flowers worldwide. They come in many varieties of colors and shapes. Tulips belong to the genus Tulipa in the lily family (Liliaceae). There are over 3000 different varieties of cultivated Tulips and around 100 species of this plant. They grow wild in Central Asia, through Siberia to China.
The name “tulip” comes from the Turkish word “tulbend“, meaning “turban“ because the shape of the tulip is similar to turban.
Tulips, especially red ones, are representing true, deep and undying love.
White Tulips symbolize purity, orange Tulips symbolize energy and passion, while purple Tulips mean royalty.
Interesting facts about Tulipa:
In some areas, tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.
Historically, Tulips were considered as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
First Tulips were cultivated by Turkish growers in 1000 AD.
Tulips in Holland are national icon and tourist attraction.
Tulipmania is a term used to describe a period in the Dutch history in the 17th century when tulip prices reached unbelievably high levels and then dramatically collapsed.
During the 17th century in Holland, Tulips were so valuable that they were considered to be worth more than a gold. One bulb could cost upward of $2000.
This craze caused the crash of the Dutch economy. It was the first recorded economic bubble and also example of the dangers of financial speculation.
It still remains unknown what caused dramatic rise and fall in tulip prices.