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.

TYPE   Single Early

SUB TYPE   Single Early

ZONES   3a-7b(8bWC)

HEIGHT   10-12”

BLOOM SEASONS   early spring

SOURCE   Hortus Bulborum

LIGHT   full sun