Tulip - In the Garden - April

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the Garden

Garden Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana)

*Also known as Didier’s tulip

This popular tulip is one of about a hundred natural species from which hundreds of cultivars and hybrids have been created. Growing from the base of the plant, the broad, gray-green leaves have a tendency to flop over rather than stand up straight. Its flowers come in a range of pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows, and grow on leafless stems.

The earliest-known cultivation of tulips has been traced to Persia around the year 1050.36 Tulips were used as a symbol of beauty, perfection, and eternity in Persian poetry. In 1554, these flowers were imported into Vienna from Turkey, and they were an immediate hit.37 Being very expensive and considered a luxury item, tulips were carefully cultivated and prized like jewels. Because ordinary people could not afford them, there is little folklore about tulips.

In the Middle Ages, herbalist John Gerard (1545—1612) noted that tulips were important for their beauty but had no healing virtues. During the nineteenth century they were considered an aphrodisiac, and in the Victorian language of flowers the tulip was an indication of fame.

For magical purposes, tulips have been used to attract love. Color can be employed for different purposes: pink can help kindle flirting and romance, red for passion, and white for fertility. Place a few pink or red petals in a sachet under your pillow to dream of romance or of your lover. Carry a bulb as an amulet for luck, or place a vase of flowers in your kitchen to invite abundance into your home.

Tulip is associated with the element earth, and its astrological influence comes from Venus.