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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

DAHLIA

Andries’ Orange dahlia, 1936 – flower arranger’s delight
Arab Queen dahlia, 1949 – a whirlwind of autumn leaves
Arthur Hambley dahlia, 1955 – lavender-pink elephant
Clair de Lune dahlia, 1946 – elegant and wildflowery
Deuil du Roi Albert dahlia, 1936 – royal purple and white
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
Lutt Wichen dahlia, 1941 – gardenia-flowered “ground-cover” dahlia
Mrs. I. De ver Warner dahlia, 1920 – saved by Kentucky farm family
Natal dahlia, 1959 – dark red Christmas ornament
Nita dahlia, 1959 – freckled twin of the great ‘Juanita’
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
White Aster dahlia, 1879 – world’s oldest garden dahlia
Wisconsin Red dahlia, 1910? – pass-along ruby-red
York and Lancaster dahlia, 1915? – mysterious history

DAYLILY

Libby Finch daylily, 1949 – black cherry, white star
Luteola daylily, 1900 – my front yard daylily
Rosalind daylily, 1941 – the first red, wild from China
lemon lily daylily, 1570 – fragrant daylily, true stock!

DIVERSE SPRING

Ehemanii canna, 1863 – arching sprays of dangling flowers

GLADIOLUS

Starface gladiolus, 1960 – rapturously beautiful

Rarest for FALL Planting

DAFFODIL

moschatus daffodil, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
Albatross daffodil, 1891 – propeller-like petals
Anne Frank daffodil, 1959 – with a vibrant heart, like Anne herself
April Queen daffodil, 1938 – bright, flame-kissed cup
Argent daffodil, 1902 – bright double with arms akimbo
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
Cassandra daffodil, 1897 – rare Victorian pheasant’s-eye
Chinita daffodil, 1922 – fragrant, pale amber moons
Conspicuus daffodil, 1869 – Victorian butterflies
Croesus daffodil, 1912 – gold and silver coins
Daphne daffodil, 1914 – ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Dick Wellband daffodil, 1921 – deep orange and cream
Early Pearl daffodil, 1899 – early, fragrant, and luminous
Feu de Joie daffodil, 1927 – free-spirited semi-double
Firetail daffodil, 1910 – is its cup truly RED?
Glory of Lisse daffodil, 1901 – one of the finest poets
Golden Spur daffodil, 1885 – extra-early Victorian trumpet
Henry Irving daffodil, 1885 – from Keukenhof’s parterre
Insulinde daffodil, 1921 – graceful, exuberant double
Jenny daffodil, 1943 – like miniature shooting stars
John Evelyn daffodil, 1920 – Copeland’s best?
Keats daffodil, 1968 – the weirdest daffodil we’ve ever grown
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!
Minor Monarque daffodil, 1809 – N. x italicus, long-petalled and star-like
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
Rustom Pasha daffodil, 1930 – truly orange, sun-proof cup
Scarlet Gem daffodil, 1910 – fragrant, charming, and Cornwall-bred
Seagull daffodil, 1893 – floats like a butterfly, apricot rim
Stilton daffodil, 1909 – from the Golden Age of pheasant’s-eyes
Twink daffodil, 1925 – a classic southern double
Vireo daffodil, 1962 – the jonquil named for a green songbird
White Lady daffodil, 1897 – Victorian lady with a parasol
Will Scarlett daffodil, 1898 – dazzling groundbreaker

DIVERSE FALL

Atkinsii snowdrop, 1869 – elegant “pear-shaped pearl”
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 – true stock!
Magnet snowdrop, 1889 – “easily recognized, even from a distance”
antique freesia, 1878 – super fragrant naturalizer

HYACINTH

Anna Liza hyacinth, 1972 – pink/lavender/mauve and beautiful!
Bismarck hyacinth, 1875 – long-lived perennial
Double Yellow, Ophir hyacinth, 1827? – the world’s only double yellow
Dreadnought hyacinth, 1899 – curly-petalled double, extra rare
Grace Darling hyacinth, 1910 – Victorian heroine
Grand Blanche Imperiale hyacinth, 1798 – blush-white, 18th-century relic
Grand Monarque hyacinth, 1863 – lost and now found
King of the Blues hyacinth, 1863 – distinctively slim and dark
L’Innocence hyacinth, 1863 – pure white, easiest to force
Marie hyacinth, 1860 – deepest indigo-purple
Menelik hyacinth, 1911 – black and beautiful
Mulberry Rose hyacinth, 1946 – raspberry ice cream
Perle Brilliante hyacinth, 1895 – lost and now found
Queen of the Blues hyacinth, 1870 – soft, silvery blue
Roman Blue hyacinth, 1562 – wildflowery, and it multiplies!
Roman Dark Blue hyacinth, 1597 – from the UK National Collection
Roman Pink hyacinth, 1573 – wildflowery, pink, and wonderful
Roman White hyacinth, 1597 – the rarest Roman of all
Sky Jacket hyacinth, 1976 – soft, silvery blue
Vuurbaak hyacinth, 1948 – deepest rose

PEONY

Adolphe Rousseau peony, 1890 – dark and satiny
Frances Willard peony, 1907 – pearly cream and blush
Madame Ducel peony, 1880 – baby pink and perfectly coiffed
Philippe Rivoire peony, 1911 – rose-scented legend
Philomele peony, 1861 – fragrant and fascinating

TULIP

clusiana tulip, 1607 – original WHITE & red
marjolettii tulip, 1894 – wildflowery gem
Absalon tulip, 1780 – chocolate and chestnut on gold
Archeron tulip, 1913 – strikingly dark garnet and rust
Black and White tulip, 1920 – dark flames on creamy white
Blondine tulip, 1956 – Do blondes really have more fun?
Bridesmaid tulip, 1900 – slender cherry and ivory flame
Clara Butt tulip, 1889 – once the world’s favorite
Columbine tulip, 1929 – purple, lace-like tracery
Cottage Boy tulip, 1906 – spirited and painterly
Cottage Maid tulip, 1857 – rose and white sweetheart
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
Duc van Tol Rose tulip, 1700 – tiny pink and white ballerina
Duc van Tol Violet tulip, 1700 – ancient pixie
Elegans Alba tulip, 1895 – fragrant vanilla
Elegans Rubra tulip, 1872 – stark simplicity
Generaal de Wet tulip, 1904 – deliciously fragrant
Golden Harvest tulip, 1928 – fresh, dewy yellow
Insulinde tulip, 1914 – enjoy its enchanting transformation
James Wild tulip, 1890 – gloriously amber-brown
Jules Favres tulip, 1913 – fiery chestnut-bronze
Julia Farnese tulip, 1853 – “supremely elegant” broken tulip
Koh-I-Noor tulip, 1895 – dark, smoldering ruby
La Harpe tulip, 1863 – named for an early explorer of Texas?
Lac van Rijn tulip, 1620 – ancient crown of purple-red and ivory
Le Mogol tulip, 1913 – rose blushed with bronze
Mabel tulip, 1856 – barmaid’s delight?
Madras tulip, 1913 – golden-bronze and fragrant
Old Times tulip, 1905 – “garnet and primrose”
Orange King tulip, 1903 – “sweet-scented, a grand tulip”
Philippe de Comines tulip, 1891 – dark mahogany
Pottebakker White tulip, 1840 – pure, bold, & popular
Prince Albert tulip, 1863 – lavender, pearl, and exceedingly rare
Prince of Austria tulip, 1860 – fragrant and enduring
Princess Elizabeth tulip, 1898 – “rose-pink with topaz lights”
Schoonoord tulip, 1909 – lush and radiant double
The Lizard tulip, 1903 – weird name, cool flower
Van der Neer tulip, 1860 – rosy-purple, Civil-War-era favorite
White Hawk, Albion tulip, 1880 – luminous and robust
Willem van Oranje tulip, 1933 – Renoir coppery-peach
Willemsoord tulip, 1930 – double, ruffled, carmine-rose and pearl
Zomerschoon tulip, 1620 – true relic of Tulipomania