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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.


Anne Frank
Anne Frank, 1959
Insulinde
Insulinde, 1914
Elegans Rubra
Elegans Rubra, 1872
Byzantine gladiolus
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629
Princeps
Princeps, 1830
Couronne d’Or
Couronne d’Or, 1873
Daphne
Daphne, 1914
Roman White
Roman White, 1597
Generaal de Wet
Generaal de Wet, 1904
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marjolettii, 1894
Duc de Berlin
Duc de Berlin, 1854
Roman Pink
Roman Pink, 1573

Rarest for FALL Planting

DAFFODIL

moschatus daffodil, 1604 – demurely nodding “Swan’s Neck”
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
Conspicuus daffodil, 1869 – Victorian butterflies
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
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
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
Sir Watkin daffodil, 1868 – one of the all-time greats
Stilton daffodil, 1909 – from the Golden Age of pheasant’s-eyes
White Lady daffodil, 1897 – Victorian lady with a parasol

DIVERSE FALL

antique freesia, 1878 – super fragrant naturalizer
Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 – true stock!
Magnet snowdrop, 1889 – “easily recognized, even from a distance”

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

PEONY

Couronne d’Or peony, 1873 – gold-crowned, hard to find

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
Bridesmaid tulip, 1900 – slender cherry and ivory flame
Cerise Gris-de-Lin tulip, 1860 – rose, fawn and chocolate
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
Elegans Alba tulip, 1895 – fragrant vanilla
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
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
Lord Stanley tulip, 1860 – almost as exciting as the Cup itself!
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”
Prince of Austria tulip, 1860 – fragrant and enduring
Princess Elizabeth tulip, 1898 – “rose-pink with topaz lights”
Rosamunde Huykman tulip, 1895 – like a pink and white sunrise
Schoonoord tulip, 1909 – lush and radiant double
Silver Standard tulip, 1760 – dazzling red on white
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
Zomerschoon tulip, 1620 – true relic of Tulipomania

Rarest for SPRING Planting

DAHLIA

Arthur Hambley dahlia, 1955 – lavender-pink elephant
Fashion Monger dahlia, 1955 – stylish raspberry & cream
G.F. Hemerik dahlia, 1936 – bee-friendly dwarf
Glorie van Heemstede dahlia, 1947 – Zen-like simplicity
Little Robert dahlia, 1964 – pompon-sized and neon-bright
Lutt Wichen dahlia, 1941 – gardenia-flowered “ground-cover” dahlia
Natal dahlia, 1959 – dark red Christmas ornament
White Aster dahlia, 1879 – world’s oldest garden dahlia

DAYLILY

Baggette daylily, 1945 – cool lemon and old rose

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

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