When it comes to iconic, quintessentially Dutch flowers, the humble tulip is right at the top of the list. With its bright colours and unique, elegant shape, this flower has become synonymous with all things Dutch – especially when it comes to springtime. But surprisingly, the tulip has its roots in Iran and Afghanistan, as well as in Kazakhstan.
It is believed that nomadic tribes brought these distinctive flowers to Turkey several centuries ago, where they quickly became popular thanks to their pleasing appearance and long flowering season. From there, they rapidly spread across Europe and were enthusiastically embraced by wealthy European merchants and monarchs.
Today, tulips remain an enduring symbol of all things Dutch – capturing our imagination with their beguiling beauty year after year.