Petalled "turbans"Holland may be the world?s largest tulip producer, but these lovely flowers actually originated farther East - they grow wild in a vast region stretching from Turkey to the Himalayan foothills. In fact, the name tulip
comes from the Turkish word tülbent, or "turban". In the 16th century, tulip bulbs were sent from Turkey to Europe, where they ended up in the
hands of Carolus Clusius, a botanist at the University of Leiden. The first
tulips bloomed in Holland in 1594.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)