JULES FAVRES, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
It's Back! Named for a fiery French statesman, this “handsome flower” is “bright chestnut-bronze with golden-bronze margin and bronze-black center,” to quote the 1931 catalog of London’s Barr and Sons. It’s also one of the rarest tulips we’re offering this year – the Hortus has promised us just 25 bulbs – so if you want it, don’t delay! Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 24-28”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-937
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
Limit 10, please.
KOH-I-NOOR, 1895        Rarest & Web-Only
A deep, smoldering ruby that’s so dark it’s just not right to call it red, ‘Koh-I-Noor’ brings a touch of midnight and mystery to the spring garden. Even its shape is unusual – spade-like petals opening into an angular crown. It’s named for one of history’s largest and most celebrated diamonds, the 700-year-old “Mountain of Light,” now part of England’s Crown Jewels. 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-981
1/$10.50
3/$28.50
5/$45
Limit 5, please.
LA HARPE, 1863        Rarest & Web-Only
This lovely lavender tulip with its short, old-fashioned cup was once part of the “unrivalled collection” of Vincent van der Vinne which was sold at auction in 1863. La Harpe is French for “the harp,” but it’s also the name of three prominent 18th-century Frenchmen: a general, a playwright, and – our favorite – an early explorer of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Single Late, 18-22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
LE MOGOL, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
This vibrant rose-colored tulip is delicately highlighted with a faint bronze blush on its outer petals. In 1921 when tall, late tulips in artistic shades like this were the height of fashion, ‘Le Mogol’ was part of a spectacular display showcasing over 300 different varieties of Breeder and Darwin tulips at the New York Botanical Garden. Single Late, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
MADRAS, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
One of the break-out stars from our former Brown Sugar sampler, this “handsome Old Dutch Tulip,” to quote the Barr and Sons catalog of 1931, is “golden-bronze, the outer petals being flushed plum” – and it’s fragrant. Although it was officially introduced in 1913, Wister says it was listed by Krelage as far back as 1870. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-26”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-931
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
Limit 10, please.
MON TRESOR BONTLOF, 1875        Rarest & Web-Only
Variegated plants are quite the rage today, but here’s one we’re pretty sure none of your neighbors are growing. Bontlof is Dutch for variegated, and the deep green leaves of ‘My Treasure’ are richly bontlof with a ribbon-like edging of yellow that harmonizes exquisitely with its glowing yellow flowers. And it’s fragrant! Who could ask for anything more? Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
MR. VAN DER HOEF, 1911        Rarest & Web-Only
Although double tulips were most popular in Victorian gardens, this later introduction was lauded in catalogs through the 1930s as “extra good,” “one of the finest,” and “exquisite.” Its fragrant, pure yellow, overstuffed flowers light up the garden like big bowls of sunshine. Last offered in 2012, Double Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-17
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
Limit 25, please.
ORANGE FAVORITE, 1930        Rarest & Web-Only
This deliciously fragrant flower is “one of the best of all tulips,” writes Anna Pavord in her monumental Bulb, although it’s “not for the faint-hearted.” (Does that sound like a challenge?) Its buds open into “stupendous,” glossy, ruffled blooms of orange feathered with wisps of rose and green. Although the harvest was so small we didn't put it in our print catalog this year, here it is! Parrot, 20” , zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart and care.
TU-37 3/$16 5/$25.50 10/$47.50 25/$108 50/$200 100/$368 SOLD OUT
POTTEBAKKER WHITE, 1840        Rarest & Web-Only
Every Victorian gardener would have recognized the name ‘Pottebakker White’. Although tulips come and go, this “pure white, bold flower” (Rawson catalog, 1889) was the most popular white tulip from the mid-1800s well into the early 1900s. Sturdy and bright in the garden, it was also, according to the 1887 Prairie Farmer, “a great favorite with the cut-flower men.” Last offered in 2004, Single Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
PRESIDENT HOOVER, 1930        Rarest & Web-Only
More than red, this “magnificent tulip” (in the words of the Barr and Sons catalog of 1950) is a “unique shade of fiery orange-red” shaded with deep brown undertones of burnt sienna. Its name honors the man revered in Europe for feeding the millions left starving by World War I. Single Late, 24-26”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
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