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CLARA BUTT, 1889        Rarest
Once the world’s most popular tulip, gracing hundreds of catalog covers, this willowy, shell-pink beauty was lost to gardeners in 2007 when the last US grower finally gave it up. To save it, we sent 100 bulbs from his last harvest to our friends in Holland, and now there’s enough to share! Though bred from antique Flemish stock, ‘Clara’ was the prototypical 20th-century tulip – not feathered or flamed, not short and bright, but tall, late, pastel, and lovely. Darwin/Single Late, 22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC). Chart & care.
TU-05
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
25/$171
CLUSIANA, 1607        Rarest
A tulip for Mobile? Yes! And it’s hardy and multiplies in Boston and Denver, too! Although many sources offer this petite, charming wildflower, virtually all deliver cheap impostors such as hybrid ‘Lady Jane’ (oversized, and empty inside) or modern cream-to-yellow forms instead of the ancient rose and WHITE with its heart of deep, ravishing purple. Bill Finch of the Mobile Press-Register writes that in his garden our true clusiana has “come bursting out of the ground, each year better than the last.” It can do the same for you, in zones 6a-8b(10bWC), if you give it well-drained soil that’s relatively dry in summer. 10-14”, from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-25
3/$13.50
5/$21.50
10/$40
25/$91
50/$169
COLUMBINE, 1929        Rarest & It’s Back!
Named for Harlequin’s sweetheart, ‘Columbine’ is a dreamy, soft-focus Bijbloemen whose deep purple flames flicker on petals that open white but quickly blush with lavender. That “flaw” makes it unlikely to win a ribbon at a traditional tulip show, but it’s so lovely that no one seems to care. Last offered in 2009. 18”, late-blooming, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-68
1/$8.50
3/$23.50
5/$36.50
10/$68
25/$153
COULEUR CARDINAL, 1845        Web-Only
The best red tulip ever? Could be! It’s definitely the only tulip this old that’s still widely grown today. Generations have prized its rich color – red with a plum blush – and its fine habit – sturdy, weather-proof, and enduring. Isn’t it time you tried it? Triumph, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-06
5/$8.50
10/$16
25/$36.50
50/$68
100/$126
DILLENBURG, 1916        Rarest & Web-Only
Fragrant, luscious, and late, ‘Dillenburg’ blooms with the earliest bearded iris, offering one last spring treat to look forward to each year. It’s a sophisticated “art shades” blend of peach brushed with rose and one of the last survivors of a whole class of tulips, the Dutch Breeders, that filled pages of catalogs in the early 1900s. As always our supply is very limited, but at least we have it – and every year we worry that we won’t. Single Late, 26”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from one last Dutch farmer. Chart & care.
TU-08
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
Limit 10, please.
DOM PEDRO, 1906        Rarest & It’s Back!
This “coffee-brown, maroon-shaded” gem is “undoubtedly the most attractive of the brown tulips,” said the John Lewis Childs catalog in 1920 when tulips in so-called art shades such as bronze, terra-cotta, and mauve were the height of fashion. It’s certainly one of our favorites – and thanks to a bumper crop we’re offering it at our best price ever! Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other brown tulips. Although we hope to offer this rarity again for fall 2016 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until June 2016. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
DUC VAN TOL RED AND YELLOW, 1595        Rarest & Web-Only
If we had to choose a dozen landmark varieties to summarize the whole amazing history of tulips, this 400-year-old miniature would be one of them. Just 6 inches tall and extra early blooming, ‘Red and Yellow’ is the grandaddy of the ‘Duc van Tols’, a fabled clan of pixie tulips once grown in every garden and forced in pots for Christmas bloom. In front of purple hyacinths, its tiny flames are stunning. 6”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-69
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
10/$60
25/$135
ELSIE ELOFF, 1949        Rarest
Whether you call it “pale butter yellow” or “primrose-ivory,” this wonderfully soft-colored tulip glows like a night-light in the garden. Its long, graceful shape adds to its appeal, and its name honors a South African woman of Dutch ancestry who led protests against British oppression in the early 1900s. Single Late, 26-30”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-923
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
ESTELLA RIJNVELD, 1954        
“Like raspberry-ripple ice cream,” says Anna Pavord in The Tulip, and “one of the best.” It’s also one of the most dramatic of modern parrots, with a whirling-dervish intensity that rivals that of much older parrots such as ‘Amiral de Constantinople’. I first grew ‘Estella’ 25 years ago, and the outrageous beauty of its first blooms still blazes in my memory. Aka ‘Gay Presto’, parrot, 18-20”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-919
5/$9.75
10/$18.50
25/$42
50/$78
100/$145
T. sylvestris, FLORENTINE TULIP, 1597        
This violet-scented wildflower has small, yellow, almond-shaped flowers that nod in bud and then open wide in the sun. Gerard pictured it in his great Herbal of 1597, Jefferson grew it at Monticello, and it’s naturalized almost like a weed throughout Pennsylvania Dutch country — and our garden. Aka T. florentina, 8-14”, zones 5a-8a(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart & care.
TU-12
5/$9.75
10/$18.50
25/$42
50/$78
100/$145
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