ARA) - Tulips are a vibrant,
timeless symbol of spring. They are available from January through
May and join groundhogs, green grass and new leaves on trees
as indicators that warmer weather is on its way. Their delicate
shape, graceful posture and vibrant colors have inspired this
flower's popularity across cultures and throughout time.
With more than 100 species and
500 different varieties, tulips are one of the largest members
of the lily family. They are most often found in shades of red,
yellow, violet and white. Two-tone and variegated varieties of
tulips are also becoming increasingly popular.
Tulips are unique in that they
continue to grow after cutting. Their stems will often extend
up to two inches after they are clipped. Also, the flowers' attraction
to sources of light may cause tulip stems to bend, twist and
turn into new and beautiful positions.