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Allium senescens subsp. montanum, GERMAN GARLIC, 1800        
Butterflies and bees love these fuzzy little lavender pompons blooming in mid-summer over tufts of neat green foliage. Although alliums in general have become popular only recently, in 1866 Boston’s E.S. Rand included German garlic in his Bulbs, and in 1900 Liberty Hyde Bailey listed it as one of just six “in general cultivation.” Drought-tolerant, 12-18”, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart & care.
DI-43
3/$9.50
5/$15
10/$28
25/$64
50/$119
Leucojum aestivum, GRAVETYE GIANT SNOWFLAKE, 1596        
Animal-proof! Above leaves that look like a daffodil’s, clusters of white bells tipped with green dots dangle gracefully. Standing 18-24 inches tall, ‘Gravetye Giant’ is the hardiest, most floriferous snowflake, introduced in 1924 from Gravetye Manor (say GRAVE-tie), the home of William Robinson, “father of the English perennial border.” And even pocket gophers leave them alone! Aka snowdrops or dewdrops (especially in the South), zones 5a-9b(9WC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-11
5/$12
10/$22.50
25/$51.50
50/$96
100/$178
Arisaema triphyllum, JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT, 1664        New
Aka Indian turnip, this shade-loving favorite was offered in America’s first bulb catalog, by William Prince of New York in 1820. It flourishes in moist woodlands from Maine to Minnesota and south to the Gulf, with entertaining green-and-brown striped flowers in spring and (when well-established) bright red berries in fall. 12-30”, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), dormant corms, nursery-grown for us in Tennessee. Chart & care.
DI-54
3/$11.50
5/$18.50
10/$34
25/$78
50/$144
Rhodophiala bifida, OXBLOOD LILY, 1807        
Also called hurricane and schoolhouse lilies, these brilliant heirlooms look like short, slender, blood-red amaryllises. Extra tough, they thrive in clay or sand and often mark abandoned homesites. They were introduced from the Andes in 1807, brought to Texas by German settlers about 1865, and were offered by the Lily Nursery of Jacksonville, Florida, by 1881. Ours is the true ‘Hill Country Red’ heirloom, formerly Amaryllis advena, Habranthus hesperius, and Hippeastrum advenum, 12-18”, zones 7a-10b, from Texas. Chart & care.
DI-19
1/$8.25
3/$22.50
5/$35.50
10/$66
25/$149
Allium sphaerocephalum, PURPLE-HEADED GARLICK, 1766        
In America’s first bulb catalog in 1820, William Prince listed just one allium: “purple-headed garlick.” Often called “drumsticks” today, this easy, deer-resistant perennial has 1-inch, egg-shaped flowerheads that start green, turn rose, and end up wine-red. Cool! 30-36”, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-46
10/$6.50
25/$15
50/$28
100/$52
250/$117
Lycoris radiata var. radiata, RED SPIDER LILY, 1821        
True stock! This is the original Southern heirloom — a triploid, which gives it extra vigor — not the smaller, earlier-blooming Japanese diploid that most sources offer today. Legend has it that it was introduced into New Bern, NC, by a US Navy captain in the 1850s and spread across the country from there. With clusters of exotic, coral-red flowers, it lights up the late summer garden like fireworks, even in light shade. 18-24”, zones 7a(some say 6!)-10b(10bWC), from Texas and Louisiana. Chart & care.
DI-12
3/$11.50
5/$18.50
10/$34
25/$77.50
50/$144
Galanthus S. ARNOTT, 1922        New
Voted best of all by experts at an RHS conference in 2004, ‘S. Arnott’ was sent by Scotsman Sam Arnott to collector Henry Elwes sometime before 1922. It’s a “tall, handsome, well-proportioned chap with attractively rounded blooms,” writes Naomi Slade in The Plant Lovers Guide to Snowdrops. It’s “very easy to grow” and “increases reliably,” and its “sweet strong scent” makes it “a great cut flower.” We’ll be offering a different rare snowdrop next year, so if you want this treasure, now’s the time to get it! Aka ‘Sam Arnott’, 8-10”, zones 4b-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-32
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175
Scilla siberica, SIBERIAN SQUILL, 1796        
Vast pools of this true blue wildflower spangle many old neighborhoods in very early spring, spreading without care in light shade, under shrubs and into lawns. Grown in America by 1830, its heyday was the early 1900s when one writer recommended planting “hundreds and thousands in every garden.” We’d be happy to help you with that! 4-6”, zones 3a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-20
10/$6.50
25/$15
50/$28
100/$52
250/$117
Ornithogalum nutans, SILVER BELLS, 1629        
We love these subtle, Quakerish bells of silver and sage that have been grown since colonial days. They thrive in light shade, bloom in late spring, and are much too rarely seen today. They’re cheap, too — so why not take a small leap and try a few? 8-12”, zones 5b-8b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-34
10/$8
25/$18.50
50/$34.50
100/$64
250/$144
Fritillaria meleagris, SNAKE’S-HEAD FRITILLARY, 1572        
One of our perennial bestsellers, this odd little bulb has nodding flowers of maroon and dusky rose (or occasionally white), and each is checkered! Grown since colonial days, it prefers light shade and cool, moist sites. Our bulbs are wax-dipped to preserve their vitality. We forgot to plant some until February one year and they still bloomed! Aka guinea-hen flower, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-04
10/$11
25/$25.50
50/$47.50
100/$88
250/$198
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