PRINCESS ELIZABETH, 1898        Rarest & Web-Only
In 1995 this elegant beauty was featured in a Garden Design article about a tiny new source devoted to heirloom bulbs, and suddenly we weren’t so tiny anymore. Well-described in the 1931 Scheepers catalog as “rose-pink with topaz lights and hints of fuchsia shadowing,” it was lost to us in 2002 when the last Dutch farmer quit growing it, but thanks to the Hortus we’re once again able to offer it to you. Single Late/Darwin, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC). Chart and care.
TU-38 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
PROSERPINE, 1863        Rarest & Web-Only
“Rich, silky rose” – with the help of Google Books we found that apt description of ‘Proserpine’ repeated in dozens of publications from 1863 well into the early 1900s, along with this 1864 chromolithograph. Proserpine (proh-SER-pin-ee) was the Roman goddess whose return from the underworld every year ushered in spring. Single Early, 10-14”, 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.
PURPERKROON, 1785        Rarest & Web-Only
Tulips from the 1700s are exceedingly rare. To last that long, they have to be both wonderful and tough – like ‘Purple Crown’, a raggedy double tulip of dusky, purplish crimson that’s also called ‘The Moor’. We like to imagine a crystal vase of it sitting by Beethoven as he wrote one of his dark, somber movements. It was grown way back then, so it really could have happened! Double Early, 10-12”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), 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.
SILVER STANDARD, 1760        Rarest & Web-Only
A lot has changed since 1760 (heck, the United States wasn’t even the United States back then), but ‘Silver Standard’ is still one of the world’s most exciting flowers. A true broken tulip, it’s a dazzling combination of purest white boldly splashed with red and guaranteed to leave you and your garden visitors standing open-mouthed in awe. Single Early, 12-14”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
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THE LIZARD, 1903        Rarest & Web-Only
Weird name, cool flower. With “much rich beauty to commend it” (in the words of the 1929 Scheepers catalog), this true broken tulip is a swirling tapestry of “all shades of deep lilac and dark reddish rose” feathered and flamed on creamy yellow and white. “The whole is rich and strange” – and glorious! Single Late, 20-24”, late-blooming, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-977 1/$11.50 3/$31.50 5/$49.50 10/$92 25/$207 SOLD OUT
TOURNESOL RED AND YELLOW, 1769        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! This voluptuous, nearly 250-year-old double tulip has billowing red petals edged with a mellow, butterscotch yellow, making it colorful enough for Victorian carpet-bedding yet lovely enough that it was once a leading cut-flower at London’s stylish Covent Garden market. Today it’s exceptionally rare, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it! Double Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7a(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.
VAN DER NEER, 1860        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! A long-time customer favorite until it dropped out of mainstream production in 2012, this rosy-purple relic comes to us today from our friends at the Hortus Bulborum, albeit no longer at mainstream prices. It once starred in flamboyant Victorian ribbon beds and carpet-bedding, but it’s just as beautiful in modern mixed borders today. Single Early, 10-12”, 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.
VULCAN, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
Named for the Roman god of fire, volcanoes, and metalworking, this ruddy bronze and copper-colored tulip is one of the last surviving Dutch Breeders, a group of tulips in unusual “art shades” that were the height of fashion during the Arts and Crafts era. In the words of that illustrious half-Vulcan Mr. Spock, may it “live long and prosper!” Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 20-24”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-915 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
VUURVLAM, 1897        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! If red tulips bore you, try this radiant beauty from the Hortus. What sets it apart is its antique form. In the morning its pointed, tightly-clasped petals give it a flame-like look (in Dutch its name means “fire-flame”) and then later as the day warms up they curl gracefully open. Although popular in formal Victorian pattern-bedding, to our eye it has the purity and grace of a wildflower. Single Early, 10-12”, 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.
WAPEN VAN LEIDEN, 1760        Rarest & Web-Only
Did Benjamin Franklin grow this legendary tulip? He could have! Its lively rose and white petals are illuminated by a broad yellow flare at the base, and its antique shape echoes the pointed-petaled tulips of Elizabethan herbals. Wapen means “coat of arms,’ and it was to Leiden in the late 1500s that Clusius brought the first tulips ever grown in Holland. Single Early, 12-14”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
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