Do the colors of tulips have different meanings?


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The most traditional tulip color is red, which means "perfect love." Like many types of flowers, some tulip colors have different meanings.

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The tulip flower originated in Turkey and Persia. The tulip was considered a symbol of wealth and nobility, and for hundreds of years cultivation and sale of the flower was carefully controlled. The "perfect love" symbolism of red tulips comes from the Turkish story of Prince Farhad, who killed himself after learning of his lover's death. Red tulips grew from the place where he died.

Other color meanings include purple tulips symbolizing royalty, yellow tulips symbolizing joy or happy thoughts and white tulips symbolizing forgiveness or apologies.

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