The tulip originated as a Persian wildflower in the 1500s. They were extensively cultivated at that time. Since then, the tulip has become a symbol for many different things. Each different color tulip can have a different meaning.
Persians use the tulip as an offering a young man makes to his beloved.
Red tulips symbolize belief and declaration of love. This love is irresistible.
Variegated tulips symbolize beautiful eyes.
Yellow - the colour of friendship. Showing true compassion and concern for others. Edit
A Orange tulip is a symbol of perfect love.
A white tulip is often used to apologize.