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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.


Princeps
Princeps, 1830
Mabel
Mabel, 1856
April Queen
April Queen, 1938
Inglescombe
Inglescombe, 1912
Sky Jacket
Sky Jacket, 1976
Butter and Eggs
Butter and Eggs, 1777
Duc van Tol Scarlet
Duc van Tol Scarlet, 1850
Prince Noir
Prince Noir, 1954
Argent
Argent, 1902
G.F. Hemerik
G.F. Hemerik, 1936
Arthur Hambley
Arthur Hambley, 1955
Rustom Pasha
Rustom Pasha, 1930

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
Blithe Spirit dahlia, 1962 – Eye-catching bursts of red and white
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
Jersey’s Beauty dahlia, 1923 – the 20th century’s most celebrated
Kaiser Wilhelm dahlia, 1881 – lemon and burgundy, green button eye
Kidd’s Climax dahlia, 1940 – huge pink dinner-plate
Klankstad Kerkrade dahlia, 1954 – spiky poofs of primrose
Little Beeswing dahlia, 1909 – flame and yellow honeycomb
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
Nita dahlia, 1959 – freckled twin of the great ‘Juanita’
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
White Fawn dahlia, 1942 – cool and refreshing
Wisconsin Red dahlia, 1910? – pass-along ruby-red

DIVERSE SPRING

Ehemanii canna, 1863 – arching sprays of dangling flowers

GLADIOLUS

Dauntless gladiolus, 1940 – Lauren Bacall in pink
Green Lace gladiolus, 1961 – daintily ruffled and cute as a button
Lucky Star gladiolus, 1966 – a truly fragrant glad!
Starface gladiolus, 1960 – rapturously beautiful

IRIS

Alcazar iris, 1910 – magnificent and ground breaking
Crimson King iris, 1893 – Victorian rebloomer in rich claret
Indian Chief iris, 1929 – wine-red, raspberry, and bronze
Madame Chereau iris, 1844 – landmark iris, our Spring 2009 Bulb of the Year

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
Broughshane daffodil, 1938 – amber-white Irish trumpet
Butter and Eggs daffodil, 1777 – the classic cottage-garden double
Camellia daffodil, 1930 – chiffon yellow petals piled high
Croesus daffodil, 1912 – gold and silver coins
Daphne daffodil, 1914 – ADS 2008 Best Historic Daffodil
Dick Wellband daffodil, 1921 – deep orange and cream
Doctor Alex Fleming daffodil, 1948 – Center is an exuberant ruffled skirt of frills and ruffles.
Feu de Joie daffodil, 1927 – free-spirited semi-double
Firebrand daffodil, 1897 – long creamy petals, fiery heart
Golden Spur daffodil, 1885 – extra-early Victorian trumpet
Inglescombe daffodil, 1912 – a double helping of sunlight
Jenny daffodil, 1943 – like miniature shooting stars
John Evelyn daffodil, 1920 – Copeland’s best?
King Alfred daffodil, 1899 – true stock!
La Riante daffodil, 1931 – Sweetly scented “laughing girl.”
Little Witch daffodil, 1921 – cute, very cute
Louise de Coligny daffodil, 1940 – sweet-scented apricot beauty
Maximus, Trumpet Major daffodil, 1576 – loved for over 400 years!
Minor Monarque daffodil, 1809 – N. x italicus, long-petalled and star-like
Mrs. William Copeland daffodil, 1930 – Mary and Irene’s mother
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
Sulphur Phoenix, Codlins and Cream daffodil, 1820 – Butter and Egg’s cousin
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

antique freesia, 1878 – super fragrant naturalizer
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 – true stock!

HYACINTH

Anna Liza hyacinth, 1972 – pink/lavender/mauve and beautiful!
Roman Blue hyacinth, 1562 – wildflowery, and it multiplies!
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
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
Bridesmaid tulip, 1900 – slender cherry and ivory flame
Cerise Gris-de-Lin tulip, 1860 – rose, fawn and chocolate
Clara Butt tulip, 1889 – once the world’s favorite
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
Duc van Tol Violet tulip, 1700 – ancient pixie
Duchesse de Parma tulip, 1820 – much more than red and yellow
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”
Orange King tulip, 1903 – “sweet-scented, a grand tulip”
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
Zomerschoon tulip, 1620 – true relic of Tulipomania