What Do Tulip Colors Mean?

By Hunker Editor

Tulips are a spring favorite and are ranked as the third most loved flower worldwide. Originating from Persia and Turkey over a thousand years ago, tulips were associated with true love. But over the years, the beautiful hues of this flower have come to evoke many meanings.

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Beautiful Tulips

History

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Tulip bulbs

While tulips were derived from Persia and Turkey, Europe took quite a love to them when first introduced in the 17th century. It resulted in the 1630s "Tulipmania," when the bulbs themselves were traded much like currency. The Netherlands especially took a love to tulips and is now thought of with these beloved flowers.

Symbolism

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A multi-colored tulip field

Over the centuries, flowers have taken on unspoken meaning, with tulips typically being associated with fame and perfect love. Each tulip hue carries its own symbolism.

Love

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Red tulip bloosoms

Red tulips declare true love and are therefore good to give to those you love. For those who practice feng shui, red tulips are great to have in the home. It is also said that these red beauties help bring fame into one's life.

Happiness, Confidence & Caring

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Close up of pink tulips

Pink tulips symbolize happiness, confidence and caring. They can convey a message of encouragement to someone. Unlike red tulips, pink tulips indicate caring and significantly less romantic meaning. This makes them an especially good choice for new couples.

Cheerfulness, Sunshine & Happiness

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Yellow tulips in a white vase

Yellow tulips used to represent hopeless love but are now associated with cheerfulness and sunshine. Orange tulips symbolize fascination, warmth and happiness. They also indicate a person's enthusiasm, energy and desire.