Tulips' dark varieties come in deep purple and maroon, while their lighter colors include pure white, pale yellow and cream. The Royal Horticultural Association of Holland recognizes more than 3,000 different tulip varieties, from deep maroon to green-and-white stripes. Popular tulip colors include pink, purple, orange, red, yellow and white.
Nearly every variety of tulip comes in a light color, such as white, cream and yellow. Lighter colors have combinations that include white and red, cream and yellow, white and blue, and white and maroon. Tulips can grow into flowers that are deep yellow, orange, brown and bronze. Shades of purple are popular for weddings. One of the darkest tulip shades is called Queen of the Night, which is a deep maroon or deep purple, despite assertions that the flower is black.
Tulips are a member of the lily family and come in different physical shapes, such as single flower, double flower, fringed, peony and French. The flowers bloom in the spring and summer, grow from bulbs and are related to onions.
Tulips originated in Afghanistan, Iran and Kazakhstan. The flowers came to Europe through Turkey where sultans wore tulips in their turbans. The word "tulip" comes from the Turkish word meaning "turban."