This is one of the most beautiful and most popular flowers in the world. There are 75 wild tulip species and over 3000 varieties of tulips created via selective breeding. Tulips originate from central Asia. They were brought to Europe in 16th century, when people started to cultivate them on a massive scale. Today, tulips can be found throughout the world. These beautiful plants live in temperate climate, with cold spring which lasts extended period of time. Specific weather conditions (especially low temperature during the spring) are required for the growth of the seed. Number of certain species of tulips is decreased in the wild because of the over-collection and habitat destruction as a result of increased human activity.