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 2016 Planting
Anne Frank, 1959 – with a vibrant heart, like Anne herself
April Queen, 1938 – bright, flame-kissed cup
Bath’s Flame, 1913 – one of Ron Scamp’s three favorites
Brilliancy, 1906 – luminous Arts-and-Crafts-era beauty
Broughshane, 1938 – amber-white Irish trumpet
Butter and Eggs, 1777 – the classic cottage-garden double
Cantabile, 1932 – the poet that others are judged by
Daphne, 1914 – ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Early Pearl, 1899 – early, fragrant, and luminous
Firebrand, 1897 – like a shooting star
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
Horace, 1894 – poet of carpe diem
Horn of Plenty, 1947 – long, dramatic bells
Jenny, 1943 – like miniature shooting stars
King Alfred, 1899 – true stock!
Little Witch, 1921 – cute, very cute
Louise de Coligny, 1940 – sweet-scented apricot beauty
Lucifer, 1890 – heavenly wings, devilish cup
moschatus, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
Mrs. William Copeland, 1930 – Mary and Irene’s mother
Niveth, 1931 – Thalia’s elegant, uptown cousin
Orange Phoenix, Eggs & Bacon, 1731 – cottage-garden classic
Princeps, 1830 – graceful white and yellow wildling
Romance, 1959 – our most richly colored “pink”
Rose of May, 1950 – rose-like shape and fragrance
Stilton, 1909 – from the Golden Age of pheasant’s-eyes
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
Xit, 1948 – Game of Thones, anyone?
Marie, 1860 – deepest indigo-purple
Roman Blue, 1562 – wildflowery, and it multiplies!
Roman Pink, 1573 – wildflowery, pink, and wonderful
Roman White, 1597 – the rarest Roman of all
Vuurbaak, 1948 – deepest rose
Absalon, 1780 – chocolate and chestnut on gold
Archeron – strikingly dark garnet and rust
Bacchus Bontlof, 1890 – wavy, cream-edged leaves
Blondine, 1956 – Do blondes really have more fun?
Bridesmaid, 1900 – slender cherry and ivory flame
Chrysolora, 1872 – the finest Victorian yellow
clusiana, 1607 – original WHITE & red
Columbine, 1929 – purple, lace-like tracery
Cottage Maid, 1857 – rose and white sweetheart
Dom Pedro, 1906 – “undoubtedly the most attractive” brown tulip
Duchesse de Parma, 1820 – much more than red and yellow
Duc van Tol Red and Yellow, 1595 – ancient, landmark miniature
Duc van Tol Violet, 1700 – ancient pixie
Elegans Alba, 1895 – fragrant vanilla
Elegans Rubra, 1872 – stark simplicity
Elias Martin, 1956 – like a pastel spring campfire
Elsie Eloff, 1949 – pale butter yellow
Golden Harvest, 1928 – fresh, dewy yellow
Insulinde, 1914 – enjoy its enchanting transformation
James Wild, 1890 – gloriously amber-brown
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
La Harpe, 1863 – named for an early explorer of Texas?
Le Mogol, 1913 – rose blushed with bronze
Mabel, 1856 – barmaid’s delight?
Madras, 1913 – golden-bronze and fragrant
Mirella, 1953 – buff-rose and silvery pink
Mon Tresor Bontlof, 1875 – gold-edged, almost hosta-like leaves
Old Times, 1905 – garnet and primrose
Orange King, 1903 – “sweet-scented, a grand tulip”
Pottebakker White, 1840 – pure, bold, & popular
President Hoover, 1930 – deep orange-red shaded with brown
Prince Albert, 1863 – lavender, pearl, and exceedingly rare
Prince of Austria, 1860 – fragrant and enduring
Princess Elizabeth, 1898 – lost for a decade, but now it’s back
Proserpine, 1863 – “rich, silky rose”
The Lizard, 1903 – weird name, cool flower
Van der Neer, 1860 – rosy-purple, Civil-War-era favorite
Vulcan, 1913 – ruddy relic named for . . . Spock?
Vuurvlam, 1897 – flame-shaped and radiant
Willemsoord, 1930 – double, ruffled, carmine-rose and pearl
Willem van Oranje, 1933 – Renoir coppery-peach
Zomerschoon, 1620 – true relic of Tulipomania
antique freesia, 1878 – super fragrant naturalizer
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 – true stock!
Rarest for SPRING 2017 Planting
Andries’ Orange, 1936 – flower arranger’s delight
atropurpurea, 1789 – wild original, dark and velvety
Clair de Lune, 1946 – elegant and wildflowery
Dixie’s Winedot, 1942 – from Clio, Michigan, to Stanford University
Fashion Monger, 1955 – stylish raspberry & cream
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
Jersey’s Beauty, 1923 – the 20th century’s most celebrated
Lavender Chiffon, 1957 – cool, man, cool!
Lavengro, 1953 – soft, dreamy lavender
Little Robert, 1964 – pompon-sized and neon-bright
Lutt Wichen, 1941 – gardenia-flowered “ground-cover” dahlia
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
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
Corky, 1959 – sweet little flower with famous friends
Gold Dust, 1905 – from the dawn of daylily breeding
lemon lily, 1570 – fragrant daylily, true stock!
Luteola, 1900 – my front yard daylily
Mikado, 1929 – graceful mango and mahogany
Ophir, 1924 – trumpet-shaped, American-bred pioneer
Orangeman, 1902 – mango-colored stars, extra old
Prinzess Viktoria Luise, 1910 – tough and luminous
Wyomissing, 1909 – one of the very first American-bred iris
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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