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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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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
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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.

GROENLAND, 1955Web-Only

Mostly green at first, this fascinating tulip matures to mostly pink with broad brushstrokes of green and cream. One of the oldest surviving Viridiflora tulips, it’s also exceptionally long-lasting in the garden and bouquets – so be sure to order some extras to pick! Aka ‘Greenland’, Viridiflora (very late), 18-22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-965
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KINGSBLOOD, 1952Web-Only

Red is the most traditional, iconic color in tulips, and ‘Kingsblood’ is one of the 20th century’s finest, most enduring reds. Tall, late-blooming, and stately, it’s drop-dead gorgeous interplanted with ‘Greuze’, or sprinkle a few among pastel tulips to add a bit of visual zest, like the maraschino cherries in the fruit cocktail your grandmother used to serve. Single Late, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-962
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LAC VAN RIJN, 1620Rarest & Web-Only

A very rare survivor from the days of Tulipomania in the 1630s, this crown-shaped tulip of burgundy and ivory was once sold for enormous sums. Today it may still seem expensive – but what else can you own from 1620 that costs so little? And with good care, it multiplies! Pronounced “Lock von Rhine,” Single Early, 14”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.

TU-01
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MAUREEN, 1950Web-Only

With its classic 1950s name, this classic 1950s tulip is still “unsurpassed even after all these years,” writes Richard Wilford in his 2015 Plant Lover’s Guide to Tulips. An RHS AGM-winner, it’s wonderfully strong-growing and holds its big, luminous flowers on tall sturdy stems. Single Late, 26-28”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

TU-967
5/$9
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OLD TIMES, 1905Rarest & Web-Only

This uniquely colored, brown-inflected tulip has “a real ‘old-timey’ look to its garnet and primrose flowers,” as J. Horace McFarland wrote in 1938. Its shape is wonderfully old-fashioned, too, with lancet-pointed petals that curl back gracefully as they open in the sun. One of the so-called Cottage tulips, it was re-discovered by the Rev. Joseph Jacobs “in an old garden in Hanmer in 1905.” Cottage/Single Late, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other brown tulips. Chart and care.

TU-936
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PRINCE OF AUSTRIA, 1860Rarest & Web-Only

This is the tulip that launched Old House Gardens way back in 1993. When the last US catalog dropped it, I knew I had to do something. It was just too wonderful to let go extinct. It’s one of history’s most fragrant tulips (violets? orange blossoms?), with a scent that will draw you across the garden on a sunny day. It’s also so vigorous that it’s been returning for well over a decade here with no special care. Scarlet maturing to almost-orange, Single Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), grown exclusively for us in Holland. Chart and care.

TU-20
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PRINCESS ELIZABETH, 1898Rarest & 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.

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VAN DER NEER, 1860Rarest & 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. Chart and care.

TU-23
1/$7.50
3/$21.50
5/$34
Limit 5, please.

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 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-73 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-913 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-978 1/$11 3/$31.50 5/$49.50 10/$93.50 25/$220 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-959 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-68 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-914 1/$8.50 3/$24 5/$38 10/$72 25/$170 SOLD OUT

DILLENBURG, 1916Rarest & Web-Only

Fragrant, luscious, and late, ‘Dillenburg’ blooms with the earliest bearded iris, offering one last spring treat to look forward to each year. It’s a sophisticated “art shades” blend of peach brushed with rose and one of the last survivors of a whole class of tulips, the Dutch Breeders, that filled pages of catalogs in the early 1900s. As always our supply is very limited, but at least we have it – and every year we worry that we won’t. Single Late, 26”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-08 3/$12 5/$19 10/$36 25/$85 50/$160 SOLD OUT

DOM PEDRO, 1906Rarest & Web-Only

This “coffee-brown, maroon-shaded” gem is “undoubtedly the most attractive of the brown tulips,” said the John Lewis Childs catalog in 1920 when tulips in so-called art shades such as bronze, terra-cotta, and mauve were the height of fashion. It’s certainly one of our favorites! Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other brown tulips. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-934 5/$14 10/$26.50 25/$63 50/$119 100/$224 SOLD OUT

DUC VAN TOL RED AND YELLOW, 1595Rarest & Web-Only

If we had to choose a dozen landmark varieties to summarize the whole amazing history of tulips, this 400-year-old miniature would be one of them. Just 6 inches tall and extra early blooming, ‘Red and Yellow’ is the grandaddy of the ‘Duc van Tols’, a fabled clan of pixie tulips once grown in every garden and forced in pots for Christmas bloom. In front of purple hyacinths, its tiny flames are stunning. 6”, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-69 1/$6.50 3/$18.50 5/$29 10/$55 25/$130 SOLD OUT

DUC VAN TOL ROSE, 1700Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Short, sweet, and extra-early, the ‘Duc van Tols’ grew in every stylish garden from about 1600 to 1900. But then tall, late tulips came into vogue, and the ‘Ducs’ all but vanished. Perfect little miniatures, they’re the earliest traditional garden tulips to bloom each spring. Elizabethan ‘Rose’ is our favorite, an innocent white that’s blushed with a little more pink every day it’s open. 5-7”, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-51 1/$9 3/$25.50 5/$40.50 10/$76.50 25/$180 SOLD OUT

DUC VAN TOL VIOLET, 1700Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Dusky purplish-rose edged with ivory, ‘Violet’ is one of the most unusual of the ‘Ducs’, a group of short, extra-early tulips that grew in every stylish garden from about 1600-1900. Perfect little miniatures at 5-7 inches tall, the ‘Ducs’ are the earliest traditional garden tulips to bloom each spring. Zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-53 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

ELEGANS ALBA, 1895Rarest & Web-Only

Here’s a vanilla that’s far from plain – and deliciously fragrant! An ancestor of today’s lily-flowered tulips, it’s a Devon-cream colored, vase-shaped beauty with long slender petals that twist and reflex gently for an almost whirling effect. Aka ‘White Crown’, Cottage/Lily-flowered, 16”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC) from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-67 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

GOLDEN HARVEST, 1928Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Cottage tulips were bred from ancient survivors collected from English country gardens in the late 1800s. ‘Golden Harvest’ is one of the loveliest, a soft, lemon yellow so dewy fresh that we would have named it ‘Spring Dawn’. Its excellence as a cut-flower – long-lasting, strong-stemmed, and harmonious – has preserved it. Cottage/Single Late, 26”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-43 3/$12 5/$19 10/$36 25/$85 50/$160 SOLD OUT

JULES FAVRES, 1913Rarest & Web-Only

Named for a fiery French statesman, this “handsome flower” is “bright chestnut-bronze with golden-bronze margin and bronze-black center,” to quote the 1931 catalog of London’s Barr and Sons. It’s also one of the rarest tulips we’re offering this year – the Hortus has promised us just 125 bulbs – so if you want it, don’t delay! Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 24-28”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-937 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

JULIA FARNESE, 1853Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! “Supremely elegant” – that’s how connoisseur Anna Pavord describes this vibrant beauty bred by John Slater, author of the 1860 English Florist’s Guide, whose tulip collection numbered close to 20,000 bulbs. Named for his daughter, it’s an unusual “plated feather,” heavily marked with deep cherry red on white. Last offered in 2006, true English florists’ tulip, 14-16”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-973 1/$14 3/$40 5/$63 10/$119 25/$280 SOLD OUT

KOH-I-NOOR, 1895Rarest & Web-Only

A deep, smoldering ruby that’s so dark it’s just not right to call it red, ‘Koh-I-Noor’ brings a touch of midnight and mystery to the spring garden. Even its shape is unusual – spade-like petals opening into an angular crown. It’s named for one of history’s largest and most celebrated diamonds, the 700-year-old “Mountain of Light,” now part of England’s Crown Jewels. 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-981 1/$10 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$85 25/$200 SOLD OUT

LA HARPE, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! This lovely lavender tulip with its short, old-fashioned cup was once part of the “unrivalled collection” of Vincent van der Vinne which was sold at auction in 1863. La Harpe is French for “the harp,” but it’s also the name of three prominent 18th-century Frenchmen: a general, a playwright, and – our favorite – an early explorer of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Single Late, 18-22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-911 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

LE MOGOL, 1913Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! This vibrant rose-colored tulip is delicately highlighted with a faint bronze blush on its outer petals. In 1921 when tall, late tulips in artistic shades like this were the height of fashion, ‘Le Mogol’ was part of a spectacular display showcasing over 300 different varieties of Breeder and Darwin tulips at the New York Botanical Garden. Single Late, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-910 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

MABEL, 1856Rarest & Web-Only

With bold flames and feathers of cherry-red on white, this striking English florists’ tulip was bred by a Lancashire weaver over 150 years ago. But who was Mabel? Wife? Daughter? Or maybe a favorite barmaid at one of the pubs where the tulip societies held their shows back then? True broken tulip, multiplies well, late blooming, 18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-75 1/$7.50 3/$21.50 5/$34 10/$63.50 25/$150 SOLD OUT

MADRAS, 1913Rarest & Web-Only

One of the break-out stars from our former Brown Sugar sampler, this “handsome Old Dutch Tulip,” to quote the Barr and Sons catalog of 1931, is “golden-bronze, the outer petals being flushed plum” – and it’s fragrant. Although it was officially introduced in 1913, Wister says it was listed by Krelage as far back as 1870. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-26”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-931 1/$10 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$85 25/$200 SOLD OUT

ORANGE KING, 1903Rarest & Web-Only

The great Gertrude Jekyll planted this very rare, sunset-colored tulip in her iconic early 20th-century perennial borders. A multiple award-winner, it remained popular well into the 1940s when the de Jager catalog praised it as “a beautiful orange-scarlet tinged old rose, sweet-scented, a grand tulip.” Cottage/Single Late, 18-20”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-917 1/$6.50 3/$18.50 5/$29 10/$55 25/$130 SOLD OUT

POTTEBAKKER WHITE, 1840Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Every Victorian gardener would have recognized the name ‘Pottebakker White’. Although tulips come and go, this “pure white, bold flower” (Rawson catalog, 1889) was the most popular white tulip from the mid-1800s well into the early 1900s. Sturdy and bright in the garden, it was also, according to the 1887 Prairie Farmer, “a great favorite with the cut-flower men.” Last offered in 2016, Single Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-909 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

PRINCE ALBERT, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

Tall and shimmering, this exceedingly rare Dutch Breeder has petals of the softest lavender brightening at the edges to silver and pearl. Once part of the enormous collection of Vincent van der Vinne whose family had been growing tulips since the 1730s, it’s named for the beloved husband of Queen Victoria. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-24”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-916 1/$10 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$85 25/$200 SOLD OUT

THE LIZARD, 1903Rarest & 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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-977 1/$12 3/$34 5/$54 10/$102 25/$240 SOLD OUT

WHITE HAWK, ALBION, 1880Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! In Camelot’s “one brief shining moment,” England was known as Albion, and this luminous white tulip well evokes the magic of the Arthurian legends. From the 1880s until World War II, American catalogs praised its “snow white” petals, “robust habit,” and “great substance.” In the style of much older tulips, its petals are pointed — yes, beak-like — and as they mature they are faintly touched with rose. A.k.a. ‘Witte Valk’, Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-97 1/$7 3/$20 5/$31.50 10/$59.50 25/$140 SOLD OUT

ZOMERSCHOON, 1620Rarest & Web-Only

A true survivor from the days of Tulipomania, this legendary broken tulip may be the most beautiful tulip we’ve ever grown. Its long, pointed petals are exquisitely patterned with shades of strawberry on cream. Try one yourself and you’ll understand how people could once have traded fortunes for tulips like this — in fact, for this very tulip. 16-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

TU-03 1/$20 3/$57 5/$90 10/$170 25/$400 SOLD OUT

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