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ELEGANS ALBA, 1895        Web-Only & Rarest
Here’s a vanilla that’s far from plain — and deliciously fragrant! An ancestor of today’s lily-flowered tulips, it’s a Devon-cream colored, vase-shaped beauty with long slender petals that twist and reflex gently for an almost whirling effect. Aka ‘White Crown’, Cottage/Lily-flowered, 16”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC) from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
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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.
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GOLDEN STANDARD, 1760        Web-Only & Rarest
For over 250 years, this radiant, pre-Revolutionary broken tulip has been paired with the equally stunning ‘Silver Standard’. Its lemon yellow petals are striped and splashed with red for a look that’s sublimely simple and . . . well, happy. It’s also exceptionally rare. We last offered it seven years ago, and we have fewer than 50 bulbs available this fall. Aka ‘Gouden Standaard’, ‘Royal Standaard’. Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
HARLEQUIN, 1912        Web-Only & Rarest
This sport (mutation) of the great ‘Murillo’ is even more beautiful than its famous parent. Its ivory petals touched with pale yellow are overlaid with a fine misting of pink that deepens and spreads as the flower matures — so be sure to plant it where you can watch it evolve day by day. It’s named for the iconic clown in multi-colored tights who first appeared in 16th-century Italy’s commedia dell’arte. Double Early, 14-16”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
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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 otherbrown tulips.
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KOH-I-NOOR, 1895        Web-Only & Rarest
A deep, smoldering ruby that’s so dark it’s just not right to call it red, ‘Koh-I-Noor’ brings a touch of midnight and mystery to the spring garden. Even its shape is unusual – spade-like petals opening into an angular crown. It’s named for one of history’s largest and most celebrated diamonds, the 700-year-old “Mountain of Light,” now part of England’s Crown Jewels. 10-12”, zones 4b-7a, from the Hortus Bulborum. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
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. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
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. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
PAEONY GOLD, 1700        Web-Only & Rarest
An exotic green and gold protea from some trendy SoHo floral designer? No, but that’s what this 300-year-old double tulip looks like when it first starts to open — and no modern tulip looks anything like it! For a close-up view of its weird beauty, simply click on our small photo. Now imagine it in a vase where you can watch it day by day as it slowly matures from a chartreuse symphony into a peony-like blossom of gold brushed with red. Wow! Double Late, 10-12”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
PERFECTA, 1750        Web-Only & Rarest
Like a brilliant flag whipped into a frenzy by raging winds – or the claw of some freakish lobster from the Great Barrier Reef – or a Baroque filigree splashed with paint by the Color Kittens – that’s ‘Perfecta.’ One of Nature’s weirdest and most wonderful jewels, it’s been preserved by gardeners for over 250 years so you can enjoy it today. (For other extra-rare parrots, see ‘ Amiral de Constantinople’, ‘Cafe Brun’, and ‘Markgraaf van Baden’.) 18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
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