The Cretan tulip (Tulipa cretica) is the most prevalent type of tulip on Crete, which is endemic to Crete. It grows in areas with low vegetation, rocky slopes and plains, from sea level up to 2000m. The plants are small, but durable, and long-living. They bloom in the spring, between February and May (depending on altitude).
Each tulip bears one to two flowers, white or light purple, with throat and yellow anthers. The flowers have a small yellow patch on the inside base of petals. The three outer petals have pink, purple and green shades.