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
Albatross, 1891 – propeller-like petals
Anne Frank, 1959 – with a vibrant heart, like Anne herself
April Queen, 1938 – bright, flame-kissed cup
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
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
moschatus, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
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
Vireo, 1962 – the jonquil named for a green songbird
White Lady, 1897 – Victorian lady with a parasol
Dreadnought, 1899 – curly-petalled double, extra rare
Grand Blanche Imperiale, 1798 – blush-white, 18th-century relic
Grand Monarque, 1863 – lost and now found
King of the Blues, 1863 – distinctively slim and dark
Marie, 1860 – deepest indigo-purple
Menelik, 1911 – black and beautiful
Mulberry Rose, 1946 – raspberry ice cream
Perle Brilliante, 1895 – lost and now found
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
Vuurbaak, 1948 – deepest rose
Absalon, 1780 – chocolate and chestnut on gold
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
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
Golden Standard, 1760 – 250 years old and still radiant
Greuze, 1891 – rich, deep purple
Insulinde, 1914 – enjoy its enchanting transformation
Lac van Rijn, 1620 – ancient crown of purple-red and ivory
Mabel, 1856 – barmaid’s delight?
Mirella, 1953 – buff-rose and silvery pink
Prince of Austria, 1860 – fragrant and enduring
Silver Standard, 1760 – dazzling red on white
The Lizard, 1903 – weird name, cool flower
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
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
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
lemon lily, 1570 – fragrant daylily, true stock!
Ophir, 1924 – trumpet-shaped, American-bred pioneer
Orangeman, 1902 – mango-colored stars, extra old
Port, 1941 – small-flowered & glowing
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
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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