Like Roses, Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. I love their elegant lines, rich waxy colors and intriguing history. I also find great delight in the spring when winter’s snow and chill finally gives way to these early blooming beauties.
1. Tulips are native to Central Asia. Although they are the quintessential Dutch flower, they actually originated in Central Asia, including Turkey, where the tulip is the national flower.
2. The English word tulip is derived from a Persian word, delband, which means turban. The flower was seen as turban-shaped, hence the name.
3. Tulips have been cultivated for over 500 years, starting at the point of origin, as noted above.