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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.


Rose of May
Rose of May, 1950
Klankstad Kerkrade
Klankstad Kerkrade, 1954
Old Times
Old Times, 1905
Mrs. I. De ver Warner
Mrs. I. De ver Warner, 1920
Generaal de Wet
Generaal de Wet, 1904
Scarlet Gem
Scarlet Gem, 1910
Polar Ice
Polar Ice, 1936
Duc van Tol Scarlet
Duc van Tol Scarlet, 1850
Fairy
Fairy, 1905
Natal
Natal, 1959
Roman White
Roman White, 1597
Romance
Romance, 1959

Rarest for SPRING Planting

DAHLIA

Arthur Hambley dahlia, 1955 – lavender-pink elephant
Bloodstone dahlia, 1939 – as brilliant as the ancient gem
Blue Danube dahlia, 1948 – mysterious, bluish lilac
Fashion Monger dahlia, 1955 – stylish raspberry & cream
G.F. Hemerik dahlia, 1936 – bee-friendly dwarf
Glorie van Heemstede dahlia, 1947 – Zen-like simplicity
Kaiser Wilhelm dahlia, 1881 – lemon and burgundy, green button eye
Klankstad Kerkrade dahlia, 1954 – spiky poofs of primrose
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. H. Brown dahlia, 1947 – love-child of the ‘Bishop’ & ‘Clair’
Mrs. I. De ver Warner dahlia, 1920 – saved by Kentucky farm family
Natal dahlia, 1959 – dark red Christmas ornament
Preference dahlia, 1955 – peachy-pink with dark stems
Requiem dahlia, 1952 – anything but somber
White Aster dahlia, 1879 – world’s oldest garden dahlia
White Fawn dahlia, 1942 – cool and refreshing
Wisconsin Red dahlia, 1910? – pass-along ruby-red
York and Lancaster dahlia, 1915? – mysterious history

DAYLILY

Baggette daylily, 1945 – cool lemon and old rose

DIVERSE SPRING

Ehemanii canna, 1863 – arching sprays of dangling flowers

IRIS

Coronation iris, 1927 – the perfect yellow iris?
Fairy iris, 1905 – first American iris
Frank Adams iris, 1937 – parchment, bronze, and oxblood
Loreley iris, 1909 – perfectly imperfect charmer
Mrs. Horace Darwin iris, 1888 – elegant white

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
Butter and Eggs daffodil, 1777 – the classic cottage-garden double
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
Firebrand daffodil, 1897 – long creamy petals, fiery heart
Firetail daffodil, 1910 – is its cup truly RED?
Golden Spur daffodil, 1885 – extra-early Victorian trumpet
Henry Irving daffodil, 1885 – from Keukenhof’s parterre
Horace daffodil, 1894 – poet of carpe diem
Inglescombe daffodil, 1912 – a double helping of sunlight
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!
Little Witch daffodil, 1921 – cute, very cute
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
Ornatus daffodil, 1870 – earlier blooming pheasant's eye
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
Twin Sisters daffodil, 1597 – aka Loving Couples, Cemetery Ladies
White Lady daffodil, 1897 – Victorian lady with a parasol
Will Scarlett daffodil, 1898 – dazzling groundbreaker

DIVERSE FALL

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!
Roman Pink hyacinth, 1573 – wildflowery, pink, and wonderful
Roman White hyacinth, 1597 – the rarest Roman of all
Sky Jacket hyacinth, 1976 – soft, silvery blue

TULIP

clusiana tulip, 1607 – original WHITE & red
Archeron tulip, 1913 – strikingly dark garnet and rust
Black and White tulip, 1920 – dark flames on creamy white
Bridesmaid tulip, 1900 – slender cherry and ivory flame
Columbine tulip, 1929 – purple, lace-like tracery
Cottage Maid tulip, 1857 – rose and white sweetheart
Duc de Berlin tulip, 1854 – fragrant and bold
Duc van Tol Red and Yellow tulip, 1595 – ancient, landmark miniature
Duc van Tol Scarlet tulip, 1850 – perfect miniature
Duchesse de Parma tulip, 1820 – much more than red and yellow
Elegans Rubra tulip, 1872 – stark simplicity
Generaal de Wet tulip, 1904 – deliciously fragrant
Insulinde tulip, 1914 – enjoy its enchanting transformation
James Wild tulip, 1890 – gloriously amber-brown
Julia Farnese tulip, 1853 – “supremely elegant” broken tulip
Lac van Rijn tulip, 1620 – ancient crown of purple-red and ivory
Mabel tulip, 1856 – barmaid’s delight?
Old Times tulip, 1905 – “garnet and primrose”
Prince of Austria tulip, 1860 – fragrant and enduring
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
Willem van Oranje tulip, 1933 – Renoir coppery-peach
Willemsoord tulip, 1930 – double, ruffled, carmine-rose and pearl