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History and Meaning of Tulips

As one of the most popular flowers in the world, the tulip is a perennial flower with an interesting and lengthy history. Due to their historical past, the tulips meaning and tulip symbolism are equally interesting.

Tulip Flower Facts & History

Native to Central Asia and the Middle East, tulips were considered a luxury, and were first introduced into Europe in the 16th century from Turkey. Soon after, tulips were distributed throughout Holland resulting in an extraordinary supply and demand which eventually caused the tulip market to crash. Nonetheless, Holland is still known for its tulips today, as well as other flowers, and has been affectionately dubbed the "flower shop of the world."

There are more than 3,000 different varieties of cultivated tulips, and they bloom anywhere from early to late spring. When grown in fields, they do best in temperate climates and cannot grow in subtropical or tropical climates. Tulips are a popular choice for weddings as they symbolize “happy years” and “love.” The tulip is the eleventh wedding anniversary flower, the national flower for Iran and Turkey, and the unofficial emblem for Holland. Throughout the centuries, tulips have become so popular that several tulip festivals are held each year around the world including North America, in states such as Iowa, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Holland also holds a yearly Dutch Tulip Festival, and is the chief producer of this beautiful flower, with roughly three billion tulips cultivated each year, of which two billion are exported.

In general, tulips symbolize fame, love, passion, the perfect lover, and romance, but each individual color holds special meanings as well. A variety of multiple colored tulips symbolize elegance and grace; pink represents attachment and good wishes; purple refers to royalty and rebirth; yellow stands for cheerful thoughts and sunshine; orange represents fascination, happiness, and warmth; white asks for forgiveness; red signifies true love and romance; those that are almost black in color represents the heart of a lover that’s fired with passion; and striped tulips represent beautiful eyes. So when it comes to sending a bouquet of gorgeous tulips or a mixed bouquet with tulips, let these meanings guide you to perfectly express your sentiments.

Sources
http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/article/history-of-tulips-in-holland.htm
http://tulipflower.net/

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