Tulip Flower

White Tulip

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Hello there, are you here to find out about the wonderful tulip flower? We are all falling in love with the tulip, the national flower of the netherlands. 

There are seven primary colours: red, yellow, blue, orange, striped, white and purple. In addition tulips can often come in gorgeous patterns. I was simply mesmerised by tulips on a recent walk through a park. The smell was simply delicious and the sun's rays shone down on the flowers. It was simply a wow moment. Would you like to run through a field of tulips?

The tulip is seriously the sweetest flower and you’re in luck spiritually this flower is connected to happiness and peace. 

The other good news is that the red tulip is known as the flower of perfect love! There are many millions of tulips growing in Holland, it is not hard to picture the tumbling fields of tulips. With rolling hills of beautiful tulips, there is even museums and festivals devoted to the tulip. 

A tulip is a wonderful flower that represents many different things depending on color. Tulips were found by a traveller in 1556 and originated from Persia, the bulb was later transported to Turkey. 

The tulip has long been one of the most beautiful and captivating flower. We can often associate the tulip with not only love but also elegance. If you are considering sending tulips as a gift or having the tulip as a flower in a bouquet then read on! You might want to know the spiritual and symbolic meaning

What is the history of the tulip flower?

The name “tulip” was taken from the Turkish term for the gauze which the translation means “a turban worn on the head.” The tulip’s name was probably due to the fact that traditionally people tied the tulip to their heads to denote prosperity. In 1590 a botanist known as Carolus Clusis created a tulip garden at the University of Leiden. The flower was originally found in Pamir and Tan Shan mountains in Asia, also known in our modern world as Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. The tulips arrived in the Netherlands in the late 16th century, then the dutch went absolutely bonkers.

What was tulip mania?

Tulip mania in the netherlands saw a tulip cost more than a house! Yes, you heard right.

The tulip became a popular flower and a symbol of wealth, the popularity of this flower spread to different countries. In 1620’s the cost of a single bulb rose to ridiculous prices. Tulips were the talk of the day, a single bulb during this time would cost more than nine times a cook's weekly salary. In fact, there is an account that someone refused to sell a Semper Angus’s (which is basically a tulip with stripes) bulb in exchange for a house. 

This bulb was reported to be worth 5,500 guilders. Surprisingly, the bulbs cost more than the tulip cut flower. The bulbs were often given to buy goods. The land and property of this time was also bought by using bulbs! 

During this time an author, Anne Goldgar wrote a book entitled “Tulipmania, Money, Honor and Knowledge.” Prices were rising significantly and the flower was imported into other counties in the 1700s where people were totally encapsulated with the flower. At this time the tulip became an important flower, which was later crowned the Dutch national flower! Different varieties were developed and called dutch flowers. 

In 1637 the market for tulips suddenly collapsed. The demand was not there and left many with financial problems. The Dutch still loved the flowers, like we do today.

Moving back to the spiritual meaning of the tulip, the symbolism of a tulip is forgiveness and also loyalty in life. The colours are important and we need to consider specific meaning to each color as follows:

What is the meaning of the color of tulips?

With every flower, each one represents different symbolism depending on the colour.  A red tulip symbolizes love and passion. A yellow tulip means eternal love. A white tulip indicates peace and forgiveness. The purple tulip means being loyal to others and material wealth. Pink tulips signify pride and love. A pink tulip is also associated with not only contentment but also inner happiness. A blue tulips represent being dainty. Orange tulips signify happiness. Different coloured tulips in a bunch represent “I think your eyes are beautiful.” And finally, a general tulip represents fame and a lover. If you see a varied tulip with different colours then this suggests a new beginning and eternal love. 

The popularity of this flower continues to this day. In particular, in wedding bouquets which suggests everlasting love. Many people put the cut flowers in porcelain vases to brighten up the interior, although available all year round the tulip is also connected to spring time, as this is when they bloom the most. The fact that the tulip comes in a wide variety of colours and shapes can indicate that they can be used in many different situations. The tulips are often planted in the garden in December, reading to burst into beautiful flowers in spring. Growing a tulip is wonderful and gives a sense of accomplishment. 

What is the meaning of a red tulip?

Often, people give red tulips to their lover. Yes, I have already mentioned the red tulip is connected to love and lust, but why I hear you say! The answer to this question lies in a famous legend about the red tulip. A women was proposed to by three knights, each one declared their love. The women could not make a decision on who to choose -so she prayed to the goddess of flowers to transform her into a flower, that flower was a red tulip. How romantic I hear you say.

General overview of the tulip

The different colors of tulips also have different meanings but generally when a person is given a tulip, it means perfect love, eternal life, imagination or it could also mean showiness and fame.

Since the tulip has velvet like dark center, it is commonly associated to represent the heart of a lover that is darkened and filled with passion. And since tulips have a wide array of bright and vivid colors, it plays with imagination and inspires it thus it also means imagination.

  • Name: Tulip Flower
  • Color: Comes in many colors - can be in solid color or could be two-toned.
  • Shape: Generally, in cup shape or could also be star shaped.
  • Fact: Tulip is the ranked as the third’s most famous flower with rose on the first place and chrysanthemum as second. In 1630’s, it created a so-called “Tulipmania” where the bulbs of this flower was traded just like that of a currency.
  • Poisonous: Yes but it’s rarely fatal
  • Number of Petals: 6 tepals
  • Victorian Interpretation: Perfect Love, Fame, and Charity.
  • Blossom Time: Tulips are considered early bloomers if it blossoms in April. Typically however, they bloom in May and if they blossom by June, they are already considered as late bloomers.


The meaning of the word tulip in Persia is turban and it is used as charms to fight of evil. The person who has a tulip in their possession would not have to go bareheaded and long for a turban.

What the Tulip Means: 

Tulips also means rebirth since it is one of the first flowers that blooms in spring. Because of this, the tulip flower also garnered its other name as “heralds of spring”. As mentioned, the tulip can also symbolize fame and showiness because of its large petals. Since the tulips has a lot of different shades, the meaning could vary from one color to another but the variegated tulips often denotes about having beautiful eyes. The cream colored tulip on the other hand is meant to express commitment and eternal love. The purple tulips signify royalty while the pink hues of tulips could either mean confidence, affection and happiness.

A striking orange tulip also signifies happiness but can also mean energy, warmth, enthusiasm and desire. If the tulip is given as a bouquet, then it means that the receiver holds elegance and grace. It’s also the perfect gift for those celebrating an 11th wedding anniversary. It’s no wonder that the tulip flower is the Emblem of Holland since they have been the main breeder as well as supplier of tulips all over the world for more than a 100 years now. For quite some time, the tulip became a symbol for the wealthy in Holland since they are the only ones who can afford it. Some would even call it as a “pot of gold” - because it was expensive.

  • The Shape: Cup-shape or can be star shaped.
  • Petals: For every bloom, you will see 3 petals and 3 sepals.
  • Numerology: The tulip has a numerical expression of 6 - which often represents charming and lovable persons.
  • Color: Every color of the tulip flower has different meanings as the flower itself comes in different solid colors and variegated species.

Herbalism and Medicine:

The tulip flower potted plants are recommended to grow indoors as they help homeowners to remove toxins from the air. According to some studies, it has the ability to remove certain compounds in the atmosphere such as formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene. As to date, there have been no clear reports on whether tulips have medicinal properties and if it’s used to make drugs.

So, to this end, the tulips relate to our vision of love and the fact the heart is centred around what we give our emotionally. The flower was suppose to represent our own heart. Contact me on my e-mail if you have an interesting spiritual experience of a tulip. Info (at) auntyflo.com I look forward to hearing from you.

By Flo Saul
Aug 21, 2012