Meaning of Tulips

Choose from variegated or solid tulips when you pick a bouquet.

Choose from variegated or solid tulips when you pick a bouquet.

In nature, tulips bloom in spring, but commercial growers provide cut blossoms year-round in an array of colors. While you can choose tulips simply for their beauty, you may want to consider the meaning of these spring flowers. They can be a symbol of renewal, love and romance or of eternal rest and sympathy.

Historical Meaning

Tulips, first brought to the West in the 17th century, took on an economic meaning unlike any other flower. Tulips became a trade commodity, with some varieties worth more than a house in the city of Amsterdam. This tulip-mania was especially prevalent in 1636 and 1637. Oversupply eventually led to lower prices and an economic crash, particularly for traders who had invested substantially in the tulip trade.

Love and Romance

While roses may be the first choice for a romantic flower, tulips come in a close second. Red tulips are a declaration of true love, sending a message of sincerity. Cream-colored tulips symbolize eternal love. Give pink tulips if you'd like to signify caring and affection.


Celebrate rebirth and the color of spring with tulips by giving tulips for spring occasions like Easter or Mother's Day. Choose bouquets in varied colors or opt for cheerful yellow tulips. Yellow tulips symbolize sunshine and warmth, while orange tulips send a message of energy and cheer. Multicolored bouquets are ideal for springtime.

Sympathy and Loss

If you're looking for a beautiful and thoughtful choice for a funeral arrangement, white tulips are ideal. Symbolizing everlasting rest, these elegant blossoms can be displayed alone or paired with lilies and roses to decorate the funeral home or coffin. Pale peach or green tulips are also an appropriate choice for sympathy arrangements.

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