The Tulip gets it's name from the Turkish word 'tulbend' meaning turban. Turkish farmers first cultivated tulips as early as 1,000 AD. There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips. Every year Holland cultivates and exports billions of Tulips. Tulips were considered the symbol of the Ottoman Empire. Today, they grow wild throughout Asia Minor through Siberia to China. Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love. Try this next time you're preparing a meal. Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.
|Symbolism:||Dreaminess, Imagination, A Declaration of Love|
|Native Orign:||North Africa, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Northern Asia|
|Blooming Season:||Early Spring|
|Average Life:||7 to 18 Days|