And how it became NYC's springtime flower

The history of the tough tulip

The tulips' journey to New York City is similar to the palm tree's journey to Los Angeles—it was centuries ago that humans brought these two otherworldly beauties to places that nature hadn't quite planned for. Tulips originated in the Middle East, just like the Palm, but today they are both common sights stateside.

In the 16th century the flowers were imported to Europe (from Turkey) by the Dutch, and sometime around the 1600s they made it over to the U.S.—in New York, they arrived around the same time as Henry Hudson.

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