Throughout our site, these treasures are highlighted with a green or purple bar and the word Rarest. Most you can’t get anywhere else in North America, and the rest you’d be very hard-pressed to find. That makes them extra-endangered — and extra-exciting in the garden.

CAPITALS indicate bulbs that are new or returned to our catalog after a hiatus.


Rarest for FALL 2015 Planting
Negro Boy, 1910 — darkest of all
Albatross, 1891 — propeller-like petals
Anne Frank, 1959 — with a vibrant heart, like Anne herself
April Queen, 1938 — bright, flame-kissed cup
Argent, 1902 — bright double with arms akimbo
Brilliancy, 1906 — luminous Arts-and-Crafts-era beauty
Broughshane, 1938 — amber-white Irish trumpet
Butter and Eggs, 1777 — the classic cottage-garden double
Daphne, 1914 — ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Early Pearl, 1899 — early, fragrant, and luminous
Firebird, 1940 — Grand Rapids’ finest
Firetail, 1910 — is its cup truly RED?
Glory of Lisse, 1901 — one of the best of the poets
Golden Spur, 1885 — extra-early Victorian trumpet
Horn of Plenty, 1947 — long, dramatic bells
Insulinde, 1921 — graceful, exuberant double
Jenny, 1943 — like miniature shooting stars
Keats, 1968 — the weirdest daffodil we’ve ever grown
King Alfred, 1899 — true stock!
Louise de Coligny, 1940 — sweet-scented apricot beauty
Lucifer, 1890 — heavenly wings, devilish cup
Mrs. Langtry, 1869 — crinkled canary cup ringed with gold
Niveth, 1931 — Thalia’s elegant, uptown cousin
Princeps, 1830 — graceful white and yellow wildling
Romance, 1959 — our most richly colored “pink”
Rose of May, 1950 — rose-like shape and fragrance
Sidelight, 1940 — extra-rare Irish poet
Sulphur Phoenix, Codlins and Cream, 1820 — Butter and Egg’s cousin
Twink, 1925 — a classic southern double
Vireo, 1962 — the jonquil named for a green songbird
White Lady, 1897 — Victorian lady with a parasol
Double Yellow, Ophir, 1827? — the world’s only double yellow
Dreadnought, 1899 — curly-petalled double, extra rare
Grand Blanche Imperiale, 1798 — blush-white, 18th-century relic
Grand Monarque, 1863 — lost and now found
Marie, 1860 — deepest indigo-purple
Menelik, 1911 — black and beautiful
Mulberry Rose, 1946 — raspberry ice cream
Queen of the Blues, 1870 — soft, silvery blue
Roman Blue, 1562 — wildflowery, and it multiplies!
Roman Dark Blue, 1597 — from the UK National Collection
Roman Pink, 1573 — wildflowery, pink, and wonderful
Roman White, 1597 — finally, after decades of searching!
Vuurbaak, 1948 — deepest rose
James R. Mann, 1920 — striped buds, lotus-like flowers
Absalon, 1780 — chocolate and chestnut on gold
Alice Keith, 1930 — “warm bronzy orange”
Bacchus Bontlof, 1890 — wavy, cream-edged leaves
Black and White, 1920 — dark flames on creamy white
Blondine, 1956 — Do blondes really have more fun?
Clara Butt, 1889 — once the world’s favorite
clusiana, 1607 — original WHITE & red
Columbine, 1929 — purple, lace-like tracery
Cottage Boy, 1906 — spirited and painterly
Dillenburg, 1916 — wonderfully fragrant
Dom Pedro, 1906 — “undoubtedly the most attractive” brown tulip
Duc van Tol Red and Yellow, 1595 — ancient, landmark miniature
Elsie Eloff, 1949 — pale butter yellow
Fantasy, 1910 — ground-breaking parrot from ‘Clara Butt’
Golden Harvest, 1928 — fresh, dewy yellow
Golden Standard, 1760 — 250 years old and still radiant
Greuze, 1891 — rich, deep purple
Insulinde, 1914 — enjoy its enchanting transformation
Joost van de Vondel, 1850 — bold and intense
Koh-I-Noor, 1895 — dark, smoldering ruby
Lac van Rijn, 1620 — ancient crown of purple-red and ivory
Mabel, 1856 — barmaid’s delight?
Madras, 1913 — golden-bronze and fragrant
Mirella, 1953 — buff-rose and silvery pink
Old Times, 1905 — garnet and primrose
Orange King, 1903 — “sweet-scented, a grand tulip”
Silver Standard, 1760 — dazzling red on white
The Lizard, 1903 — weird name, cool flower
Vulcan, 1913 — ruddy relic named for . . . Spock?
Wapen van Leiden, 1760 — did George Washington grow this?
Willemsoord, 1930 — double, ruffled, carmine-rose and pearl
Zomerschoon, 1620 — true relic of Tulipomania
antique freesia, 1878 — super fragrant naturalizer
Rarest for SPRING 2016 Planting
Andries’ Orange, 1936 — flower arranger’s delight
atropurpurea, 1789 — wild original, dark and velvety
Bloodstone, 1939 — as brilliant as the ancient gem
Clair de Lune, 1946 — elegant and wildflowery
Glorie van Heemstede, 1947 — a buttery yellow flower
Golden Heart, 1955 — warm sunburst of beauty
Gypsy Girl, 1947 — lavender-pink with a confetti of rubies
Jane Cowl, 1928 — undulating bronze
Klankstad Kerkrade, 1954 — spiky poofs of primrose
Lavender Chiffon, 1957 — cool, man, cool!
Lavengro, 1953 — soft, dreamy lavender
Lutt Wichen, 1941 — gardenia-flowered “ground-cover” dahlia
Mrs. I. De ver Warner, 1920 — saved by Kentucky farm family
Nepos, 1958 — baby-fresh masterpiece
Old Gold, 1947 — flickering like a bonfire
Preference, 1955 — peachy-pink with dark stems
Prince Noir, 1954 — ruffled, dark burgundy cactus
Prinzessin Irene von Preussen, 1912 — rare white, serene and charming
Rosemary Webb, 1956 — abundant, peony-like blooms
White Aster, 1879 — world’s oldest garden dahlia
Wisconsin Red, 1910? — pass-along ruby-red
York and Lancaster, 1915? — mysterious history
Gold Dust, 1905 — from the dawn of daylily breeding
lemon lily, 1570 — fragrant daylily, true stock!
Mikado, 1929 — graceful mango and mahogany
Ophir, 1924 — trumpet-shaped, American-bred pioneer
Orangeman, 1902 — mango-colored stars, extra old
Port, 1941 — small-flowered & glowing
Sovereign, 1906 — very early and very old
Allegro, 1965 — rose-ruby with smoky undertones
Bibi, 1954 — vibrant pink and rose batik
Dauntless, 1940 — Lauren Bacall in pink
Green Lace, 1961 — daintily ruffled and cute as a button
Lilac & Chartreuse, 1960 — unique coloring
Lucky Star, 1966 — a truly fragrant glad!
Mexicana, 1967 — spring green and complex
Starface, 1960 — rapturously beautiful
Coronation, 1927 — the perfect yellow iris?
Her Majesty, 1903 — rose tapestry
Shannopin, 1940 — cream and rose
Ehemanii canna, 1863 — arching sprays of dangling flowers
You might also like to check out our Customer Favorites, Web-Only bulbs, New This Year bulbs, and Back Soon or Lost Forever bulbs.
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