A Czech Tulip with a Norwegian name, they certainly do get creative, those bulb growers. It is not very unique that Spitsbergen is from the Czech Republic there are many beautiful Tulips that have been bred there. Varieties like Slawa, Havran, Gavota and Rajka, are all originally Czech Tulips. Each and every one, are elegant slim Tulips for in your garden, just like Spitsbergen. She most likely got the name Spitsbergen from the world seedbank, which was built in 2006 in an old coalmine on the Norwegian island Spitsbergen, in the Artic Sea. Most plant lovers and growers are familiar with the among plant enthusiasts world famous seedbank. It is only logical that every once in a while, a plant or flower is honoured with the nicely sounding name Spitsbergen. The world seedbank gets better known each year and maybe also more important, the botanist also call her ‘Noah's Ark’. Today the seeds of 1,5 million different plants are stored in Spitsbergen. These are mostly agricultural crops, and the numbers are still increasing by the day. It is not at all strange to name a Tulip after such an important place on earth. And the fact that it is such a beautiful Tulip which got to carry the name Spitsbergen, is music to my ears.