With their one-of-a-kind shape and vibrant rainbow of colors, tulips are arguably the most-loved spring flower. This unique bloom makes a perfect gift, and perfect addition to home decor—both inside and outside. Much like your closest friend, tulips are friendly, super chic and you love having them around.

multi-color assorted tulips


History of Tulips

While many believe tulips originated in Holland; they actually began as a wildflower in Turkey as early as 1000 A.D! It is believed that the name “tulip” was derived from the Turkish word for turban, due to the flower’s shape. It also played a significant role in Turkish art and culture, having appeared in many poems, paintings and music.

The flower’s popularity spread from the Middle East to Europe, particularly the Netherlands, where “tulip mania” later took place in the 17th century. During this time, tulips became so prized, prices soared and eventually markets crashed. The nutritional benefits of the bulbs helped the Dutch overcome famine during World War II, and believe it or not, these pretty flowers are still eaten today in countries such as Britain and Afghanistan.

This lovely bloom can be found just about anywhere today, though they are most often identified as “Dutch tulips.” This beloved blossom is celebrated in festivals throughout the world during spring months, and is also the national flower of Turkey.

Close up photo of pink Tulip


Symbolism of Tulips

Tulips symbolize perfect love. Like many flowers, specific colors also carry their own meaning.

Red tulips are associated with love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved from hopeless love to an expression of cheerful thoughts. White tulips send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips–one of the most popular, due to their striking color patterns–represent beautiful eyes.

Rich in history and meaning, it’s not surprising that the popularity of this bloom continues to endure. An all around perfect flower, it and can bring such freshness and vibrance to any space. Check out Three Fresh Ways to Style Tulips, to make the most of this lovely spring blossom in your home.

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