-The word "tulip" comes from the Ottoman Turkish word for turban or muslin.
-When the tulip first arrived in Holland in the late 1500s, they were considered a precious commodity.
-Even the wealthy had trouble attaining a full bed of bulbs.
-Though tulips are now commonly associated with Holland, they are originally from the Middle East and the favorites of Turkish sultans.
-In Victorian times, red tulips were considered a declaration of love, making them an ideal gift for any romantic occasion.
-These undemanding plants can flourish in Zone 3 through Zone 8. Tulips will even bloom in the Deep South and frost-free Southwest. Just be sure to refrigerate them for six to eight weeks before planting.
Types of Tulips
The classic tulip shape; may bloom early or late. Some fall into specialty classes, such as Triumphs and Darwins.
The full heads of double tulips resemble peonies; may bloom early or late.
The edges of this tulip's petals appear to have been finely cut; bloom mid- to late-season.
The pointed petals of this late-blooming variety resemble lilies.
Brilliantly colored petals that are feathered and scalloped characterize this mid- to late-season tulip.