Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, they are not a native Dutch flower! About four hundred years ago Europeans first discovered tulips in Turkey. At that time Carolus Clusius, a famous botanist, introduced the plant to the Leiden botanical gardens in Holland. Since tulips were extremely rare, and expensive, only Kings and Emperors could afford to plant them in their gardens.
Parrot tulips are characterized by petals that are curled and twisted and striking patterns of colour. They also have borders that are fringed (laciniate).
Fortunately we can all now afford to have these beauties in our gardens!