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GLORIA NIGRORUM, 1837        Web-Only & Rarest
With wisps and splashes of dark violet on creamy white, “Black Glory” is one of the very oldest surviving Bijbloemen tulips. Also known as ‘Violet Ponceau’ and ‘La Victorieuse’, it was first offered in 1837 by Voorhelm and Schneevogt, a fabled bulbhouse that had catered to wealthy bulb lovers since the 17th century. 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU980Add to basket:1/$17.503/$485/$75.5010/$140Limit 10, please.
JAMES WILD, 1890        Web-Only & Rarest
Brown? You bet! And it’s fabulous. This is the original, Breeder form of ‘James Wild’ that’s more often seen in its flamed mahogany-on-gold Bizarre form. Though the flamed version is flashier, this anything-but-plain brown tulip needs no improvement. With shades of coffee, bronze, and amber, it’s already amazing! Single Late, 18-20”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare. See our other brown tulips.
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MADRAS, 1913        Web-Only & Rarest
One of the break-out stars from last year’s Brown Sugar sampler, this “handsome Old Dutch Tulip,” to quote the Barr and Sons catalog of 1931, is “golden-bronze, the outer petals being flushed plum” — and it’s fragrant. Although it was officially introduced in 1913, Wister says it was listed by Krelage as far back as 1870. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-26”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU931Add to basket:1/$15.503/$42.505/$66.50Limit 5, please.
MARJOLETTII, 1894        Web-Only
This wildflowery gem offers small, vase-shaped blooms of pale lemon to cream blushed with rose on graceful, wiry stems. A “neo-tulip” discovered growing wild in France in 1894, it is now considered most likely to be a much older garden “escape.” Cheap counterfeits are common, so for the real thing, come to us! 14”, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
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MARKGRAAF VAN BADEN, 1750        Web-Only
The mad “Count of Baden” is one of the most celebrated tulips in all of history. Wildly ruffled and fringed and spiked with tiny spurs and horns, its swirling petals of gold, red, and green may remind you of molten lava cascading down a tropical mountainside. As always, we have very few bulbs, so don’t delay! (For other exceptionally rare parrots, see ‘Amiral’, ‘Cafe Brun’, and ‘Perfecta’.) Parrot, 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
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OLD TIMES, 1905        Web-Only & Rarest
This uniquely colored, brown-inflected tulip has “a real ‘old-timey’ look to its garnet and primrose flowers,” as J. Horace McFarland wrote in 1938. Its shape is wonderfully old-fashioned, too, with lancet-pointed petals that curl back gracefully as they open in the sun. One of the so-called Cottage tulips, it was re-discovered by the Rev. Joseph Jacobs “in an old garden in Hanmer in 1905.” Very limited supply, Cottage/Single Late, 14-16”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare. See our other brown tulips.
TU936Add to basket:1/$16.503/$455/$71Limit 5, please.
PRINCESS ELIZABETH, 1898        Web-Only & Rarest
Nineteen years ago this elegant beauty was featured in a Garden Design article about a tiny new source devoted to heirloom bulbs, and suddenly we weren’t so tiny anymore. Well-described in the 1931 Scheepers catalog as “rose-pink with topaz lights and hints of fuchsia shadowing,” it was lost to us in 2002 when the last Dutch farmer quit growing it — but thanks to the Hortus we were finally able to offer it again in 2013. Single Late/Darwin, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC). Chart to compare.
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PURPERKROON, 1785        Web-Only & Rarest
Tulips from the 1700s are exceedingly rare. To last that long, they have to be both wonderful and tough — like ‘Purple Crown’, a raggedy double tulip of dusky, purplish crimson that’s also called ‘The Moor’. We like to imagine a crystal vase of it sitting by Beethoven as he wrote one of his dark, somber movements. It was grown way back then, so it really could have happened! Double Early, 10-12”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
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ROSE LUISANTE BONTLOF, 1850        Web-Only & Rarest
Bontlof means variegated, luisante means bright or glittering, and 1850 was a long time ago — which shows in the graceful, old-fashioned profile of this charming tulip. What you can’t see here, unfortunately — since this is actually a photo of the regular, non-variegated form — is the cream-colored ribbon that outlines each rippling leaf. From the moment its distinctive foliage pushes through the cold, damp soil of early spring, ‘Rose Luisante’ is a pleasure! Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU951Add to basket:3/$19.505/$3110/$58Limit 10, please.
SPAENDONCK, 1893        Web-Only & Rarest
Many spectacular broken tulips bloom in our trial garden, but it seems EVERYONE wants to take ‘Spaendonck’ home with them. With its shapely blooms swirled with crimson, lilac, and rosy-purple on cream, it’s a fitting tribute to Cornelis van Spaendonck (1756-1840), Dutch flower painter and director of the great Sevres porcelain works. Single Early, 12-14”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU997Add to basket:1/$12.503/$345/$5410/$10025/$225Limit 25, please.
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