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Here you’ll find our VERY rarest bulbs along with late finds and others we simply couldn’t squeeze into our print catalog.

Those marked “Web-Only & Rarest” are sometimes in such short supply that they sell out within days — and some years we can’t offer them at all — so if you see one you like, we recommend you order it now!


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GRANDMA’S JEWEL BOXWeb-Only & It’s Back!

Tulips in old gardens are often a hodgepodge of survivors that nobody planned but that always looks cheery and right. This sampler of 15 tall, late-spring jewels for zones 3a-7b(8bWC) honors those time-rich jumbles. You’ll get 3 pink ‘Mariette’, 3 ‘White Triumphator’, 3 lilac ‘Bleu Aimable’, 3 pale yellow ‘Blondine’, and 3 red ‘Kingsblood’.

For 6, 9, or more of each, order additional samplers. Tulip care.

COF-03
1/$27
2/$51.50
3/$73
4/$92
5/$108

ABSALON, 1780Rarest & Web-Only

Most people have never even seen a brown tulip, let alone grown one. Here’s your chance! 18th-century ‘Absalon’ is intricately patterned with swirling flames of dark chocolate and chestnut on gold. It’s a true broken tulip, a Dutch Bizarre from the Hortus Bulborum, and sure to cause a buzz. 16”, late, zones 4a-7b(8bWC). See more brown tulips. Chart and care.

TU-73
1/$9.50
3/$27
5/$42.50
Limit 5, please.

ARCHERON, 1913Rarest & Web-Only

As I looked up and down the rows at the Hortus Bulborum filled with hundreds of different tulips in bloom – all of them beautiful – ‘Archeron’ stood out as something special. It’s a deep garnet-red shaded with rust and smoke, well-named for the “river of woe” in the underworld of Greek mythology. Single Late, 20-24”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-913
1/$7
3/$20
5/$31.50
Limit 5, please.

BLACK AND WHITE, 1920Rarest & Web-Only

Historic? We’re not sure. Extraordinary? Yes! This true broken tulip was discovered at the Hortus Bulborum. It’s not clear whether it’s an heirloom whose label was lost or a newly-broken version of one of their other heirloom varieties, but it’s so stunning we couldn’t resist it. With dark purple flames on creamy white petals, it’s a tulip that Tulipomaniacs of the 1630s would have given a fortune to own! Single Late, 16-20”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC). Chart and care.

TU-978
1/$11
3/$31.50
5/$49.50
Limit 5, please.

BRIDESMAID, 1900Rarest & Web-Only

With an unusually long, slender shape this lovely broken tulip was introduced by the legendary bulb-house of Krelage and Sons. In 1907 the Peter Henderson catalog praised it as “brilliant cherry rose flushed and striped with scarlet, violet, and white, very distinct.” Aka ‘Maid of Holland’, Single Late, 14-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-959
1/$9.50
3/$27
5/$42.50
Limit 5, please.

CLARA BUTT, 1889Rarest & Web-Only

Once the world’s most popular tulip, gracing hundreds of catalog covers, this willowy, shell-pink beauty was lost to gardeners in 2007 when the last US grower finally gave it up. To save it, we sent 100 bulbs from his last harvest to our friends in Holland, and now there’s enough to share! Though bred from antique Flemish stock, ‘Clara’ was the prototypical 20th-century tulip – not feathered or flamed, not short and bright, but tall, late, pastel, and lovely. Learn more. Darwin/Single Late, 22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC). Chart and care.

TU-05
3/$16
5/$25.50
10/$48
Limit 10, please.

COLUMBINE, 1929Rarest & Web-Only

Named for Harlequin’s sweetheart, this dreamy Bijbloemen broken tulip has flickering purple flames on petals that, instead of pure white, are blushed with lavender. Although tulip-show judges consider that a flaw, everyone else just seem to say, “It’s beautiful!” 18-20”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-68
1/$10.50
3/$30
5/$47
Limit 5, please.

COTTAGE BOY, 1906Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! This spirited little tulip is a sport of ‘Cottage Maid’, a popular favorite since 1857. It’s bright and cheery but you’ll need to take a closer look to enjoy its full beauty – a painterly combination of orange “shaded carmine red” and yellow “flushed primrose and cream” (Barr and Sons, 1916). We love it when it opens wide in the sun, too. Single Early, 9-10”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-914
1/$8.50
3/$24
5/$38
Limit 5, please.

COTTAGE MAID, 1857Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Now all but extinct, this sturdy little rose and white tulip was a popular American sweetheart for many, many years. New York City’s J.M. Thorburn offered it as early as 1872, and it continued to be widely catalogued well into the 1930s, a reflection of its charm and excellence. Thanks to the Hortus Bulborum for saving it! Single Early, 10”, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Chart and care.

TU-80
1/$6.50
3/$18.50
5/$29
10/$55
25/$130

DEMETER, 1932Rarest & Web-Only

How about a tulip that’s immortal? Our customers led us to ‘Demeter’, telling us it returned and bloomed in their gardens for a decade or more. A vibrant, very rosy purple, it’s named for Demeter (say Di-MEET-er), the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility – another good reason to grow it. Triumph, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-34
3/$17.50
5/$27.50
10/$52.50
Limit 10, please.

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