Throughout our site, these treasures are highlighted with a green or purple bar and the word Rarest. Most you can’t get anywhere else in North America, and the rest you’d be very hard-pressed to find. That makes them extra-endangered — and extra-exciting in the garden.


Rarest for SPRING Planting
Andries’ Orange dahlia, 1936 – flower arranger’s delight
Arthur Hambley dahlia, 1955 – lavender-pink elephant
Clair de Lune dahlia, 1946 – elegant and wildflowery
Dixie’s Winedot dahlia, 1942 – from Clio, Michigan, to Stanford University
Fashion Monger dahlia, 1955 – stylish raspberry & cream
G.F. Hemerik dahlia, 1936 – bee-friendly dwarf
Glorie van Heemstede dahlia, 1947 – Zen-like simplicity
Golden Heart dahlia, 1955 – warm sunburst of beauty
Gypsy Girl dahlia, 1947 – lavender-pink with a confetti of rubies
Jane Cowl dahlia, 1928 – undulating bronze
Jersey’s Beauty dahlia, 1923 – the 20th century’s most celebrated
Lavender Chiffon dahlia, 1957 – cool, man, cool!
Little Robert dahlia, 1964 – pompon-sized and neon-bright
Mrs. I. De ver Warner dahlia, 1920 – saved by Kentucky farm family
Old Gold dahlia, 1947 – flickering like a bonfire
Preference dahlia, 1955 – peachy-pink with dark stems
Prince Noir dahlia, 1954 – ruffled, dark burgundy cactus
Requiem dahlia, 1952 – anything but somber
Rosemary Webb dahlia, 1956 – abundant, peony-like blooms
Tommy Keith dahlia, 1892 – ruby and ivory
White Aster dahlia, 1879 – world’s oldest garden dahlia
Wisconsin Red dahlia, 1910? – pass-along ruby-red
York and Lancaster dahlia, 1915? – mysterious history
Baggette daylily, 1945 – cool lemon and old rose
lemon lily daylily, 1570 – fragrant daylily, true stock!
Bibi gladiolus, 1954 – vibrant “pink cheetahs”
Bluebird gladiolus, 1968 – petite All-American
Caribbean gladiolus, 1957 – lavender skies and sandy beaches
Charisma gladiolus, 1969 – like a tropical fruit smoothie
Chipper gladiolus, 1965 – small and bright
Contentment gladiolus, 1957 – misty, lavender-pink
Dauntless gladiolus, 1940 – Lauren Bacall in pink
Green Lace gladiolus, 1961 – daintily ruffled and cute as a button
Kakaga gladiolus, 1962 – Yoda’s favorite?
Lilac & Chartreuse gladiolus, 1960 – unique coloring
Lucky Star gladiolus, 1966 – a truly fragrant glad!
Snow Princess gladiolus, 1939 – our oldest traditional glad
Spring Maid gladiolus, 1961 – soft, almost silvery yellow
Starface gladiolus, 1960 – rapturously beautiful
Sunbonnet Sue gladiolus, 1967 – warm apricot-buff with a sprinkling of freckles
Sunset Sky gladiolus, 1965 – small, ruffled, and early-blooming
Violet Queen gladiolus, 1959 – deep purple counterpoint
Blue Shimmer iris, 1941 – elaborately “peppered” with lavender
Edward of Windsor iris, 1945 – mesmerizing color, by artist Cedric Morris
Quechee iris, 1947 – as seen at the Chelsea Flower Show
Rarest for FALL Planting
Admiration daffodil, 1912 – tafetta-silk and amber
Anne Frank daffodil, 1959 – with a vibrant heart, like Anne herself
April Queen daffodil, 1938 – bright, flame-kissed cup
Bath’s Flame daffodil, 1913 – one of Ron Scamp’s three favorites
Beersheba daffodil, 1923 – slender ivory trumpet
Broughshane daffodil, 1938 – amber-white Irish trumpet
Butter and Eggs daffodil, 1777 – the classic cottage-garden double
Cassandra daffodil, 1897 – rare Victorian pheasant’s-eye
Croesus daffodil, 1912 – gold and silver coins
Daphne daffodil, 1914 – ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Early Pearl daffodil, 1899 – early, fragrant, and luminous
Feu de Joie daffodil, 1927 – free-spirited semi-double
Firebrand daffodil, 1897 – long creamy petals, fiery heart
Firetail daffodil, 1910 – is its cup truly RED?
Golden Spur daffodil, 1885 – extra-early Victorian trumpet
Henry Irving daffodil, 1885 – from Keukenhof’s parterre
Horn of Plenty daffodil, 1947 – long, dramatic bells
moschatus daffodil, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
Inglescombe daffodil, 1912 – a double helping of sunlight
Insulinde daffodil, 1921 – graceful, exuberant double
Jenny daffodil, 1943 – like miniature shooting stars
John Evelyn daffodil, 1920 – Copeland’s best?
King Alfred daffodil, 1899 – true stock!
Louise de Coligny daffodil, 1940 – sweet-scented apricot beauty
Lucifer daffodil, 1890 – heavenly wings, devilish cup
Maximus, Trumpet Major daffodil, 1576 – loved for over 400 years!
Mrs. Krelage daffodil, 1912 – buxom flower of cream and lemon
Niveth daffodil, 1931 – Thalia’s elegant, uptown cousin
Polar Ice daffodil, 1936 – too good to let go
Princeps daffodil, 1830 – graceful white and yellow wildling
Romance daffodil, 1959 – our most richly colored “pink”
Rose of May daffodil, 1950 – rose-like shape and fragrance
Twink daffodil, 1925 – a classic southern double
White Lady daffodil, 1897 – Victorian lady with a parasol
antique freesia, 1878 – super fragrant naturalizer
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 – true stock!
Roman Blue hyacinth, 1562 – wildflowery, and it multiplies!
Roman Pink hyacinth, 1573 – wildflowery, pink, and wonderful
Roman White hyacinth, 1597 – the rarest Roman of all
Vuurbaak hyacinth, 1948 – deepest rose
Chestine Gowdy peony, 1913 – tri-colored
Madame Ducel peony, 1880 – baby pink and perfectly coiffed
Philomele peony, 1861 – fragrant and fascinating
Absalon tulip, 1780 – chocolate and chestnut on gold
Blondine tulip, 1956 – Do blondes really have more fun?
Clara Butt tulip, 1889 – once the world’s favorite
Demeter tulip, 1932 – returns for years, vibrant rosy purple
Dillenburg tulip, 1916 – wonderfully fragrant
Dom Pedro tulip, 1906 – “undoubtedly the most attractive” brown tulip
Duc van Tol Red and Yellow tulip, 1595 – ancient, landmark miniature
Elegans Rubra tulip, 1872 – stark simplicity
Elsie Eloff tulip, 1949 – pale butter yellow
clusiana tulip, 1607 – original WHITE & red
marjolettii tulip, 1894 – wildflowery gem
Insulinde tulip, 1914 – enjoy its enchanting transformation
Mirella tulip, 1953 – buff-rose and silvery pink
Philippe de Comines tulip, 1891 – dark mahogany
Willemsoord tulip, 1930 – double, ruffled, carmine-rose and pearl
Willem van Oranje tulip, 1933 – Renoir coppery-peach
Zomerschoon tulip, 1620 – true relic of Tulipomania
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