Wild Tulip, Tulipa sylvestris subsp sylvestris, North Yorkshire UK, 29th April 2015
Native to Italy, Sicily and Sardinia, but naturalised further north, including Britain and the Netherlands. Considered by BSBI to be a neophyte (ie introduced after 1492, when Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World and the Columbian Exchange began). T. sylvestris was in cultivation in Britain by 1596. It was formerly much cultivated, and was recorded from the wild by 1790. It appears to have been widely naturalised by the late 18th and 19th centuries but had declined dramatically by the mid 20th Century. Interestingly wild tulips in this area are also known as the Roman tulip.