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Year of the Tulip

Tulip Darwin Hybrid Best Pink from Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs - National Garden Bureau
Tulipa Burgundy Lace, Cuban Night from Van Zyverden Inc – National Garden Bureau

Origin: Southern Europe, eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Tulipa

Uses: Popular throughout the world as ornamental garden plants and as cut flowers, the brightly-colored tulip is often a welcome sign of spring.

Divisions: Single early, Double early, Triumph, Darwin hybrid, Single late, Lily-flowered, Fringed, Viridiflora, Rembrandt, Parrot, Double late, Kaufmanniana, Fosteriana, Greigii, Species, Multiflowering

Fun Fact: Exceeding more than 4 billion bulbs annually, New Holland produces most of the world’s tulip crop.

A Bit of History: Tulips have been cultivated for more than 400 years. Gifting a tulip of a certain color can symbolize love (red), loyalty (purple) and regret or remorse (white).

Contributors: American Meadows, Brent and Becky’s, Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs, Jung Seed, Longfield Gardens, Van Zyverden Inc.

Editor’s Note: We realize tulips are not grown from seed but wanted to recognize the efforts of breeders in giving consumers more choice.

Source: National Garden Bureau.