In the world of flowers, tulips have a history as colourful and rich as their presentation. They were native to Persia (Asia and Turkey) and brought to Europe in the 17th century. Today, Holland is the most notorious producer of tulips as a result of the Tulip Mania that hit the Netherlands from 1636-1637.
These flowers were so highly coveted that they became one of the biggest commodities during the Dutch Golden Era. A single stem tulip could sell for one worker’s salary for the year! Their showy petals were symbols of wealth, beauty and luxury.
Because of their longstanding horticultural background, there are 3,000 varieties (within 75 species) of tulips today. One unique variety is the Parrot Tulip, which has fringed petals resembling feathery plumes.
But if you prefer a more classic look, tulips remain one of the quintessential flowers for Easter due to their primaveral bloom and traditional colours. A floral bunch may not cost an entire year’s salary anymore, but their beauty and lavishness are enduring.
Written by Annie Phung