Quick Notes /
“Different tulip colors carry distinct meanings – yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty – a Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip’s symbolism. The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin. When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself – riding his horse over the edge of a cliff. It’s said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning “perfect love.”
Visual Notes /
Most Tulip bulbs have two to six leaves, some species have up to twelve. They can be long and narrow, or they can have more of an oval shape. A single stem sends up a narrow, green bud that opens into a flower. An average length of a stem is 12 inches. Different varieties range in height from short (4 inches) to very tall (28 inches). Most Tulips have only one bloom per stem.
Flower History /
One of the most influential flowers in history, this flower was first cultivated in Persia, probably in the 10th century. Since then, the tulip has been featured in great works of art and writing.
At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble
And then later, during the Dutch Famine after WWII, people often resorted to eating tulip petals.
Inside Info /
- Currently, there are around 75 wild species of tulips and 150 species in total with over 3000 varieties
- Tulips are part of the Lily family