As many as 100 varieties of tulips exist in the wild. These popular flowers became a favorite of cultivators over the centuries, with thousands of types of tulips grown in gardens worldwide.
Tulips originated in the central and western parts of Asia under hot and dry conditions. Nations such as Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan are where tulips came from: the flower takes its name from a Persian word that means "turban," a reference to the flower's shape.
There are now so many types of tulips that botanists devised 15 different classes of tulips. When it blooms and how it looks are taken into consideration for its classification.
The tulip flower is a symbol of perfect love as well as fame, according to the Living Arts original website. The meaning of a tulip changes with its color, with yellow tulips expressing a sentiment about an individual's wonderful smile, for example.
Diseases such as Botritis tulipae, a fungal malady, negatively affects tulip flowers. The flower is also at risk from such diseases as bacterial decay, anthracnose and blight.
While the country of Holland has close association with tulips, there are no species of the flower that are native to that nation.
- Tullips:Mount Holyhoke College Botanic Garden
- Truth About Tulip:Freeplant
- Tulip Flower Symbolism:Living Arts Original
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