shaped like an urn. A pitcher plant is urceolate. Tulips, on the other hand, are not; they’re bell-shaped, or campanulate.
a nonparasitic plant that grows on another plant or object. Examples include bromeliads and mosses but not tulips. Tulips would never impose like that.
the training of a woody plant so that it grows in a decorative flat plane. If you could splice a tulip into a woody tree, I’ll bet that would make for some really pretty espalier.
the rapid opening of a plant structure to disperse the seeds a distance from the plant. It’s really cool but a little show-offy and gauche, which is why tulips don’t participate in it.
a word actually in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but I won’t hold it against you if you don’t believe me and need to look it up yourself. In Holland in the 1600s, a tulip bulb fad caused prices to rise until single bulbs were selling for tens of thousands of dollars. Eventually, people came to realize that trading one’s house, livestock, and iPad for a flower that would probably be eaten by rabbits anyway wasn’t perhaps the best decision they’d ever made, and the market crashed. That’s some hardcore petal appreciation, Dutch people. Nobody can accuse you of being pansies.