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From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs
Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

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CHESTINE GOWDY, 1913
This fragrant, “tri-colored” peony is decidedly different — and lovely. Its soft pink outer petals frame a flurry of creamy white inner petals that open to reveal a central tuft of pink flecked with crimson. Wow! It’s free-flowering, too, with strong stems for garden and bouquets. 2-3 eye roots (the biggest we can get this year), 30”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered web-only in 2012. We plan to offer it again periodically. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
EDULIS SUPERBA, 1824
One of the first peonies to reach U.S. gardens from China, ‘Edulis Superba’ has been popular ever since – and no wonder! It’s early, floriferous, fragrant, and blooms happily even in the South. Rose-pink with a touch of silver. 3-5 eye roots, 36-38”, zones 3-8aS/8bW, from Iowa. Last offered in 2009. We expect to offer it again periodically.
FELIX CROUSSE, 1881
In Victorian days, the world’s finest new peonies were coming from France, and passionnant ‘Felix’ is still one of the best. With neat, abundant flowers of vivid, juicy raspberry, it combines especially well with pink peonies and the blues of larkspur and baptisia. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2009. We expect to offer it again periodically.
FRANCES WILLARD, 1907
Named for the social reformer who urged women to “Do everything,” this fragrant, Brand-bred classic won high praise from Alice Harding in 1923 for “ the pearliness of its delicate cream-and-blush coloring,” its “stiff, upright” stems, and roots that “increase well and rejoice the heart of the gardener.” 3-5 eye roots, 30-34”, mid, zones 3-7S/8WC, Iowa. Last offered in 2012. An Iowa peony farmer is propagating it for us and we plan to offer it again periodically. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
GOLDEN DAWN, 1923
Increasingly hard to find, this distinctive peony looks like a sunrise when it first opens, with cloud-like outer petals and a froth of glowing, butter-yellow inner petals that mature to white. It was bred by Walter Gumm of tiny Remington, Indiana, whose peony collection included a staggering 1100 varieties. 3-5 eye roots, 32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We expect to offer it again periodically.
HUMEI, 1810
America’s love affair with peonies started here. Over the past 200 years, thousands of varieties of Paeonia lactiflora have graced our gardens, but in 1810 there were only three, freshly arrived from China. Today ‘Humei’ is still ruggedly handsome, watermelon-pink, cinnamon-scented, and — for gardeners like us — a thrill. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, late, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We expect to offer it again periodically.
KRINKLED WHITE, 1928
The new APS Award of Landscape Merit honors peonies that are especially fine garden plants, such as this glorious single that blooms abundantly and never needs staking. It’s superb in bouquets, too, where you can enjoy its dazzling center and crinkly, undulating petals up close. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32” mid-season, zones 3-7S/8WC. Last offered in 2010. We plan to offer it again periodically.
LONGFELLOW, 1907
Great name, great peony. Bred near the shores of Hiawatha’s Gitche Gumee (aka Lake Superior), this vivid crimson peony was a popular favorite for many, many decades. Its stems are strong and its pure, happy color all but shouts “summer is here!” 3-5 eye roots, 28-30” mid-season, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2010. We plan to offer it again periodically.
MADAME DUCEL, 1880
We like this not-too-big, baby-pink peony so much that it was one of the first we offered in 2008. Or tried to. Massive flooding destroyed our Iowa grower’s entire crop that year, and the good Madame’s future looked bleak. But now she’s back — and as upright, floriferous, and perfectly coiffed as ever. 3-5 eye roots, 28-30”, zones 3-7S/8bWC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We expect to offer it again periodically.
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