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Tulip Flower History

Tulips have been grown for a very long time, so long in fact they date back to 1000AD, and one of the first places it was discovered was in Turkey. It was in the 17th century that the tulip started becoming a garden decoration, and they were also used for medicinal purposes. During the 17th century the Netherlands experienced what they called “Tulipmania”, as the entire country went into frenzy about these beautiful flowers and many people partaking in the tulip trade. However, the rise and fall of the tulip happened very quickly. Tulips became so common that this lead to the “Tulip Crash” which saw many people going bankrupt as there was not the demand for tulips as their once was.

After World War 11, the importance of tulips in Europe was still abundant. To show their appreciation to Canadian soldiers for helping free Holland from Germany’s occupation, the Dutch shipped thousands of tulips to Canada’s capital, Ottawa. This gesture of shipping tulips was also out of appreciation for protecting and welcoming Queen Maria in Ottawa while the war continued.

In France during the 17th century, fashionable women wore corsages of tulips. During this time tulips were so popular in France that one single bed of tulips would sell for a huge 15,000 to 20,000 francs. In the 20th century it was thought that some tulips could carry the mosaic virus, the virus apparently landed on the tulip from the louse living on potatoes and peaches.

Tulips are a widely produced flower today, however they are referred to in many places at the “Dutch tulips” due to their significance in the Netherlands in the 17th century.

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