In 1559 while on a trip to southern Bavaria, Swiss scientist Conrad Gesner spied a curious flower in the garden of a diplomat in Augsburg.
The flower was called a tulip, derived from the Persian word dulband, meaning “turban,” which described its conspicuous shape.
Gesner was intrigued.
He asked the man who owned the flower about its origins and determined that it came from Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire, modern-day Istanbul.
Soon the tulip began spreading across Western Europe.