Did you know that cultivation of tulips begun in Persia in the 10th century? Also Persian poets often mentioned the flower in their poems. Giving a red or yellow tulip was a declaration of love, flower’s black center representing a heart burned by passion. Tulip has a special meaning in Turkish culture, being a symbol of paradise on earth. In the Netherlands it represented the briefness of life. There is an entire story of tulips being introduced to Western Europe and United States but the idea is that there was a tulip mania. Bulbs become so expansive that they were used as a currency. And this happened between 1634 and 1637.