1. There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties.
2. Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.
3. Most tulips sprout a single flower bud, but a few varieties have up to four on a single stem.
4. Tulips are part of the lily family.
5. Tulips only bloom for 3-7 days in the spring.
6. You can find tulips in almost any color.
7. According to Teleflora, different colored tulips have different meanings. The red flowers symbolize true love while purple represents loyalty.
8. Make a mistake? White tulips mean “I’m sorry.”
9. Tulips are also said to signal the arrival of spring.
10. Tulips are native to central Asia but didn’t really become popular until reaching the Netherlands.
11. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation uses a tulip as its symbol.
12. Tulips were once the most expensive flower…
13. …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.
14. The time period where the flower was so expensive (around 1634 to 1637) is now known as “Tulip Mania.”
15. Tulip petals are edible and can be used in place of onions in many recipes.
16. The Netherlands is the world’s largest commercial producer of tulips, with around three billion exported each year.
17. If you cut tulips, they’ll continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch.
18. According to The New York Times, the best time to plant tulip bulbs is in the fall so they can grow roots before it gets too cold.
19. Tulips will bend and twist to grow towards light (even in a vase!).