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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. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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. See our other brown tulips. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
ORANGE FAVORITE, 1930        Web-Only & Rarest
This deliciously fragrant flower is “one of the best of all tulips,” writes Anna Pavord in her monumental Bulb, although it’s “not for the faint-hearted.” (Does that sound like a challenge?) Its buds open into “stupendous,” glossy, ruffled blooms of orange feathered with wisps of rose and green. Although the harvest was so small we didn't put it in our print catalog this year, here it is! Parrot, 20” , zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
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PERFECTA, 1750        Web-Only
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 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
PRINCESS ELIZABETH, 1898        Web-Only & Rarest
In 1995 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’re once again able to offer it to you. Single Late/Darwin, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC). Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
SAM BARLOW, 1860        Web-Only & Rarest
Perhaps the most famous of the English broken tulips, ‘Sam Barlow’ is richly flamed with deep red-brown on yellow. Bred by “railway man and florist, Tom Storer, who grew his tulips along the embankments of Derby’s railways” (Pavord), it’s named for the owner of Victorian England’s greatest tulip collection, a man who once offered to buy all of the bulbs of an especially fine broken tulip for their weight in gold — and ended up paying even more. Late-blooming, 18”, zones 4b-7a(7aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until June. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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.
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