Originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), tulips were imported into Holland in the sixteenth century. When Carolus Clusius wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592, they became so popular that his garden was raided and bulbs stolen on a regular basis. As the Dutch Golden Age grew, so did this curvaceous and colorful flower.
Tulip is a Eurasian and North Africa perennial, bulbous flower, belonging to the lily family. There are around 75 species in the wild. It was first introduced to Holland from the Ottoman Empire, in the mid 16C, where the Turks were first cultivated as early as 1000 AD. However, it is Holland that tulip became popular. Today, it is difficult not to see these flowers blooming in early spring in European garden and parks. Today tulip is often associated with Holland, where 10,000 hectares are devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers.