Flower Spotlight: Tulips

Tulips have been around for centuries and have been popular throughout history. With their many varieties of colors, they are beautiful additions to any flower arrangement. Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts:


Tulips were originally a wildflower located in Central Asia. They were first cultivated as early as 1000AD by the Turks when the Sultan demanded particular blooms be cultivated for his pleasure. Tulips, derived from the Turkish word for turban, were introduced into Europe in the 16th century by Carolus Clusius.

His friend from Turkey, Ogier Ghiselain de Busbecq, sent him tulip bulbs for his medicinal garden. These tulip flowers were the start of the bulb fields seen in the Netherlands today. Tulips remained popular all the way through the 18th century when ‘The Age of the Tulip’ or ‘Tulip Mania’ began. Now, there are over 150 species of tulip flowers, with over 3,000 different varieties available. 


Tulips are part of the lily family and will turn towards the sun when housed in a vase. 

Their flower buds are known for being almost symmetrical. 

Tulip flowers are actually edible and can be used to replace onions in many recipes.

Most tulip flowers sprout a single flower bud, but a few varieties have up to four on a single stem.

Tulip flowers only bloom for 3-7 days in the spring.

You can find tulip flowers in almost any color.  


Tulip flowers have many meanings, but the most common meanings are perfection and deep love. They are also seen as the bringers of spring and can mean ‘rebirth’. While they have an overall meaning, each color can symbolize something different. White tulips symbolize forgiveness, while yellow tulips represent cheerful thoughts. You can say a lot with tulip flowers! 

Beautiful and bold, tulips make the perfect accent or standalone flower in any arrangement.

Be sure to ask Barefoot Florist to use tulips the next time you send flowers!