Tulip

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Tulips are the flower of the Netherlands. They have been so ever since they became an integrated part of almost every image and card that comes from the country as well as a constant when it comes to the famous flower arrangements in this European state. The immense tulip fields in Holland are probably some of the most famous flower fields in the world. This said, we have to note that actually the tulip comes from Central Asia and mainly the lands of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. Persia and Turkey have named this plant the most beautiful of all and it has been a symbol of femininity and beauty for centuries; even the ancient Persian poets have praised it in their poems and odes. The colours of the head can vary from solid (white, red, yellow and even dark-almost brown-red) to variegate – different combinations between two colours of the mentioned and others (including golden, lavender, pink, orange and even blue!). Some of the petals can be coloured as though flames are springing up from the core to the edge of the leaflet. Each head grows on a separate stem and is not very lasting. The flower, however, has a long life and gives birth to many florets through the years.

Tulip flower facts

The true power of the tulip, when it comes to Europe and especially the Netherlands, is proven during the age between 1634 and 1637 when the so-called “Dutch Golden Age” came to be. Even though they had just been introduced, these plants took over the country in an instance. Being a symbol of status and social classes, the tulip was so expensive and highly valued that it was used even as a currency! Yes, this is during the 17 century, not the prehistoric age. This universal stage of tulip mania became a pretty bad bubble for the economic state of the region and proved to be rather a nuisance then else for the Netherlands. This period, however, has managed to change that part of the continent on a larger scale as the entire zone is covered with Holland and Belgium’s immense quantities of great flower arrangements and fields.

Today, the tulip is a flower that can grow in every region, every garden and every yard. It is easy to maintain, but at the same time brings a lot of beauty. It is often given as a present to show how great a lover one is or as a symbol of charity (means that they are often used in this matter, so they have gained the ‘charitable’ symbolism with time).