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Botanical Beauty: Tulips

Shout out to anyone who is finding January a little rough and just wants it to be over with now. Brighter days are on their way!

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Tulips are in the supermarket right now and perfect to hurry along that springtime feeling.


Did you know:

  • There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties.

  • Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.

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

  • You can find tulips in almost any colour.



  • Different coloured tulips have different meanings. The red flowers symbolize true love while purple represents loyalty.

  • Make a mistake? White tulips mean "I'm sorry."

  • Tulips are also said to signal the arrival of spring.

  • Tulips are native to central Asia but didn't really become popular until reaching the Netherlands.


  • The Dutch obsession with tulips began with Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius. When he was made director of Leiden University’s new Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) in 1593 he planted some of his own tulip bulbs. As a result, 1594 is considered the official sate of tulips first blooming in Holland.

  • Tulips were once the most expensive flower.... And in the 1600s, they were even said to cost 10 times more than a working man's average salary in the Netherlands, making them more valuable than some homes.


  • The period where the flower was so expensive (around 1634 to 1637) is now known as Tulip Mania.

  • Tulip petals are edible and can be used in place of onions in many recipes.

  • The Netherlands is the world's largest commercial producer of tulips, with around three billion exported each year.

  • If you cut tulips, they'll continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch and will bend and twist to grow towards light (even in a vase!).

I adore all tulips; I love the effect their simplicity and colour bring to the house and garden.

Loved all these amazing facts from www.sciencekids.co.nz

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