Did you know that most facts about tulips we hear are actually wrong? Starting with the notion that the flower originated in the Netherlands, and ending with the idea these blooms are safe for cats, there’s so much to learn about the lovely blooms.

Facts About Tulips: The What, When and Where

Most people don’t associate the colorful, lively tulip with the Ottoman Empire, but that’s where commercial cultivation of the flower got its start. The name “tulip” in fact, reputedly comes from the Latin word for turban, “tulipa,” the headdress the flower was thought to resemble. People were fascinated with these flowers so much they started cultivating them in other parts of the world.

Still, when most people imagine row upon row of vibrantly colored tulips, they think of the Netherlands. Though Holland is the primary commercial grower of tulips in the world, local florists in Los Angeles and the rest of the US have much closer sources from which to fill your order.

The Color Language

It’s not surprising that tulips have fascinated people for so many centuries, and even less suprising that each color of the flower has its own meaning. If you want to send a bouquet of tulips to someone’s home or office, it’s fun to know what your choosen blooms are saying in the language of flowers.

  • Red – Red is the color of love for many flowers, and the tulip is no different. They also stand for “believe me” or “belief in love.”
  • White – White tulips symbolize purity, innocence, something new or fresh and also humility.
  • Cream – Don’t mix up cream tulips with white ones, though, unless you mean it! Cream tulips say, “I’ll love you forever.” Check out these amazing cream tulip bouquets a local LA florist crafted with love and care!
  • Yellow – Sunshine, friendship, happiness, a smile full of sunshine… these are just a few of the meanings associated with yellow tulips. Then again, another meaning is “rejection in love,” so you might want tosend along a card with this bouquet.
  • Orange – Orange is the color of happiness in the tulip world. These flowers also represent a mutual connection and understanding between two people, mostly couples. Fascination, energy, enthusiasm and desire are also communicated through sending orange tulips.
  • Purple – Royalty and nobility are two of the meanings that are assigned to purple tulips. Sometimes they also symbolize a type of rebirth.
  • Pink – Ah, happiness. And good wishes. These are what you are sending when you have your local florist make up a bouquet of pink tulips. They also mean that you care, and that you feel an attachment to someone.

Flower meanings are fun, but you can ignore them and send your friend or collegue any combination of tulips. Take a peak at some of the unique tulip bouquet designs offered by florists in BloomNation‘s floral marketplace. If you want a specific color, though, don’t hesistate to let the local florist of your choice know.