Tulipa: cultivated in Turkey where it grows wild. It was brought to the attention of the Western world in 1554 by the Austrian Ambassador to Turkey, and, by 1634 in Holland, one bulb sold for $1,200. The excitement about tulips got so out of hand that before the bulb boom burst, one bulb was sold for $5,000 PLUS a carriage and horses! 'Tulbend' is Turkish for tulip; 'tulipans' is the Dutch name meaning turban - inverted, one might add! It may have been the Rose of Sharon in the Bible.