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BLUE PARROT, 1927        
A sport of the great ‘Bleu Aimable’, this lavender beauty is a cool, sophisticated parrot, with petals that are gently ruffled rather than jagged and wild. In 1962 when JFK asked the impeccable Bunny Mellon to remake the dreary White House Rose Garden, she included luminous masses of ‘Blue Parrot’. Learn more. Parrot, 20-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-921
5/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
BRIDESMAID, 1900        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! With an unusually long, slender shape this lovely broken tulip was introduced by the legendary bulb-house of Krelage and Sons. In 1907 the Peter Henderson catalog praised it as “brilliant cherry rose flushed and striped with scarlet, violet, and white, very distinct,”. Aka ‘Maid of Holland’, Single Late, 14-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart & care.
TU-959
1/$9.50
3/$26
Limit 3, please.
CHRYSOLORA, 1872        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! The finest yellow tulip of the late Victorian age, ‘Chrysolora’ was offered in virtually every US catalog from Rochester’s Briggs and Bros. of 1872 well into the 1920s. Charles Allen in his 1893 Bulbs and Tuberous-Rooted Plants included it on his short list of a dozen best Single Early tulips (with ‘Couleur Cardinal’, ‘Keizerskroon’, ‘Lac van Rijn’, and ‘Pottebakker White’) and praised it as “one of the earliest, deep yellow, and handsome.” Last offered in 2004, Single Early, 10-12 inches, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Chart & care.
TU-78
1/$6
3/$16.50
5/$26
10/$48
Limit 10, please.
CLARA BUTT, 1889        Rarest & Web-Only
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
3/$16
Limit 3, please.
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/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175
COLUMBINE, 1929        Rarest
Named for Harlequin’s sweetheart, this dreamy Bijbloemen has flickering purple flames on petals that, instead of pure white, are blushed with lavender. Although tulip-show judges consider that a flaw, everyone else just seem to say, “It’s beautiful!” 18-20”, 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
Limit 25, please.
COTTAGE MAID, 1857        Rarest & It’s Back!
Now all but extinct, this sturdy little rose and white tulip was a popular American sweetheart for many, many years. New York City’s J.M. Thorburn offered it as early as 1872, and it continued to be widely catalogued well into the 1930s, a reflection of its charm and excellence. Thanks to the Hortus Bulborum for saving it! Single Early, 10”, zones 4-7S/8WC, from the Hortus. Chart & care.
TU-80
1/$6.50
3/$18
5/$28
10/$52
25/$117
COULEUR CARDINAL, 1845        
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/$9
10/$17
25/$39
50/$72
100/$133
DEMETER, 1932        Rarest & Web-Only
How about a tulip that’s immortal? Our customers led us to ‘Demeter’, telling us it returned and bloomed in their gardens for a decade or more. A vibrant, very rosy purple, it’s named for Demeter (say Di-MEET-er), the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility – another good reason to grow it. Triumph, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
TU-34
3/$12.50
Limit 3, please.
DOM PEDRO, 1906        Rarest
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. Chart & care.
TU-934
3/$10.50
5/$16.50
10/$31
Limit 10, please.
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