Many of us associate tulips, the quintessential flower of spring, with the country known for its many windmills — the Netherlands. However, tulips are originally from Persia, now modern day Iran, and were grown commercially during the Ottoman Empire. Lovers would exchange red tulips as a way of declaring their love for one another. It was believed the tulip’s black center portrayed the lover’s heart, which had been consumed by love’s fiery passions. As an expression of the tulip’s international journey to fame, we’ve created a gallery of some of the best images from around the world.
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