Botanical name: Tulipa. The word is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word for "turbans".
Color Variety: All colors except for blue and black. Tulips come in more color combinations, and shades, than any other flower except the dahlia - which in fact is a cousin of the tulip.
Varieties: One of the largest members of the lily family, the tulip has more than 100 species of flowers. So many varieties and strains have been developed down through history by crossing and hybridizing that today we can classify them in groups or strains for simplicity.
Some species of Botanical Tulips are the original wild, short growing Tulips, but are commercially grown in Holland today. Through crossing and hybridizing, many varieties have been developed and classified under the group "Botanical Tulips", Greigii, Kaufmanniana, and Fosteriana form the three main groups. 'Red Emperor' belongs to this category and is probably the best known variety. Botanical Tulips are most interesting; they are the first Tulips to bloom in early spring. Their bright, solid and two-tone colors can be seen from a distance. Most varieties grow low and have very sturdy foliage. The Greigii varieties have dotted or striped leaves which are attractive to the eye even before they bloom
While the rose may bear no fruit, the rose hips (the part left on the plant
after a rose is done blooming) contain more Vitamin C than almost any other
fruit or vegetable. Rose water was successfully used to cure all kinds of
ailments, such as trembling, constipation, drunkenness, skin and throat
infections and insomnia.
Because of roses medicinal properties, rosehip tea is often recommended in pregnancy.
Rose oil can also reduce high cholesterol levels.
Roses are used in face toners and perfume and are one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients.