Single flowers have six petals. Colors include white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, red, lavender, purple and bi-colors.
^ Tulipa “Purple Lady”
^ Tulipa “Yellow Flight”
Tulipa sp.: Tulip
The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends from as far west as Southern Europe, Anatolia, North Africa to the Northwest of China.
Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers.
A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to be displayed as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.
In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. To give a yellow tulip was to declare your love hopelessly and utterly.