Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

tommasinianus ALBUS, 1847        
Radiant against the moist dark earth of spring, these slender-petaled stars are as eager and prolific as all of our tommies. You’ll enjoy multiple blooms per corm, and a “Starry Night” that gets better every year. C. tommasinianus, Zones 5b-8a(8bWC). Last offered in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
LITTLE DORRITT, 1943        
Rated one of the “most rodent-resistant” in trials at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this luminous, pale amethyst gem is named for the Dickens heroine born in a gloomy prison yet destined for the sunshine. C. vernus, zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2007. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
NEGRO BOY, 1910        
Although its name may be a troubling anachronism, this old crocus is too special to let go extinct. It’s the world’s deepest, darkest crocus, with midnight purple petals set off by a heart of gold and a tiny edging of silver. C. vernus, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), Holland. We’re sad to report that the last commercial grower of this incredible crocus has quit growing it – and without warning, which means we had no chance to pass corms on to another farmer. It survives at the Hortus Bulborum, but it may be years before we can offer it again.
PAULUS POTTER, 1920        
“Ruby-purple,” says Roy Genders. “Almost magenta,” says E.A. Bowles. “Splendid!” says Louise Beebe Wilder. This vibrant, vanishing jewel is the rosiest purple of all the traditional crocus. C. vernus, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from one last Dutch farmer. Although we hope to offer this rarity again for fall 2016 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until July 2016. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
PETER PAN, 1943        
When ‘Snowbunting’ fades, this magic boy takes over, extending the season’s sparkle. Pair it with ‘Negro Boy’ for a dramatic “Ebony and Ivory.” C. vernus, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
C. tommasinianus PICTUS, 1914        
Add some zing to your spring with this jewel-box crocus. Its soft lavender petals are tipped with deep purple for a glittering, almost polka-dotted effect. It’s not cheap, but it may be our most exciting crocus, and it self-sows happily! Zones 5a-8a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered web-only in 2014. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
PURPUREUS GRANDIFLORA, 1870        
True stock! Deep, vivid purple, this Victorian relic is the oldest purple C. vernus still available. Why has it outlasted all of its peers? Grow it and you’ll know: great beauty and wonderful VIGOR. Zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2003. Though bulbs by this name are offered elsewhere, all are counterfeits. The true ‘Purpureus Grandiflora’ is “commercially extinct.”
REMEMBRANCE, 1925        
This shimmering lilac is as close to perfect as any crocus we’ve ever grown. After 20 years, it still moves us. Zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2005. Widely available elsewhere.
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