Tulips grown from stocks identical to those traded during the tulipomania
. These will produce the characterisic "broken", or bicolor
appearance upon infection
with tobacco mosaic virus
, and it is for this reason that they are seldom allowed out of Holland
, and are mostly grown at a museum
. Expect to pay, however: while not quite as expensive now as they were during the mania, nurseries can get up to $40 USD apiece for these puppies.
"Zomershoon" is the name to get here, but there have been some other ancient tulips grown from wild stocks. They're mostly red and white, with pointier petals than you're used to, and bloom in May most places. Supposedly easy to force (at $40/bulb, you might want to consider keeping an eye on them). While it's not unusual to get viable bulbs off of them (they're fairly close to being species, or wild) the virus won't come back for another season. Incidentally, Rembrandt van Rijn hardly ever painted any tulips....