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”
Dauntless gladiolus, 1940 – Lauren Bacall in pink
Green Lace gladiolus, 1961 – daintily ruffled and cute as a button
Starface gladiolus, 1960 – rapturously beautiful
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
April Queen daffodil, 1938 – bright, flame-kissed cup
Daphne daffodil, 1914 – ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Early Pearl daffodil, 1899 – early, fragrant, and luminous
Golden Spur daffodil, 1885 – extra-early Victorian trumpet
moschatus daffodil, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
Jenny daffodil, 1943 – like miniature shooting stars
Louise de Coligny daffodil, 1940 – sweet-scented apricot beauty
Polar Ice daffodil, 1936 – too good to let go
Romance daffodil, 1959 – our most richly colored “pink”
Rose of May daffodil, 1950 – rose-like shape and fragrance
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
Absalon tulip, 1780 – chocolate and chestnut on gold
Blondine tulip, 1956 – Do blondes really have more fun?
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
Elsie Eloff tulip, 1949 – pale butter yellow
clusiana tulip, 1607 – original WHITE & red
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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