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Flower Colour

Flowering Months

Narcissus is very versatile in its planting position. It can be grown amongst shrubs in a border, in meadows, woodland, lawns and containers. Some of the smaller species are suitable for the rock garden, although some, like Narcissus cantabricus, Narcissus romieuxii and Narcissus rupicola will need extra protection in an alpine house.

Narcissus - Division 1: Trumpet Daffodil Cultivars

'Brabazon' 1Y-Y
'Bravoure' 1W-Y
'Dutch Master' 1Y-Y
'Golden Harvest' 1Y-Y
...
'Little Beauty' 1W-Y
'Rijnveld's Early
Sensation
' 1Y-Y
'Small Talk' 1Y-Y
'Spellbinder' 1Y-Y
 

Golden-Yellow/Yellow
Creamy-White/Yellow
Golden Yellow/Yellow
Golden Yellow/Yellow
...
Creamy-White/Yellow
Yellow, Yellow
...
Golden Yellow/Yellow
Yellow/Yellow

February, March
March, April
April
February, March,
April, May
March
December, January, February, March
March, April
March, April
 

Narcissus - Division 2: Large-Cupped Daffodil Cultivars

'Altun Ha' 2YYW-W
'Armada' 2Y-O
'Border Beauty' 2Y-O
'Carlton' 2Y-Y
'Ceylon' 2Y-O
'Glen Clova' 2Y-ORR
...
...
'Home Fires'
'Ice Follies' 2W-Y
'Redhill' 2W-OR
'Romance' 2W-PPO
...
...
'Rustom Pasha' 2Y-O
'St. Keverne' 2Y-Y

Lemon Yellow/Cream
Yellow/Orange
Yellow/Orange
Yellow/Yellow
Yellow/Red-Orange
Golden Yellow/Orange
eye-zone, Red mid-zone and rim
Yellow/Orange
Creamy-White/Yellow
White/Orange-Red
White/Rose-Pink eye-zone and mid-zone with Orange rim
Lemon Yellow/Orange
Yellow /Yellow

April, May
April, May
April
April
March, April
March, April
...
...
April
March, April
April, May
March
...
...
March
March, April

Narcissus - Division 3: Small-Cupped Daffodil Cultivars

'Badbury Rings' 3Y-YYO
...
...
'Merlin' 3W-YYR
...

Lemon-Yellow/ Yellow eye-zone, Yellow mid-zone and Orange rim
White/ Yellow with
Red rim

March, April
...
...
March
...

Narcissus - Division 4: Double Daffodil Cultivars

'Abba' 4W-O
'Replete' 4W-P
'Sir Winston
Churchill
' 4W-O

White/Orange
White/Salmon-Pink
Creamy-White/
Yellow-Orange

February, March, April
March, April
March, April
...

Narcissus - Division 5: Triandrus Daffodil Cultivars

'Hawera' 5Y-Y

Creamy-Yellow/Yellow

April, May

Narcissus - Division 6: Cyclamineus Daffodil Cultivars

'Beryl' 6Y-YYO
...
...
'February Gold' 6Y-Y
'Garden Princess' 6Y-Y
'Jack Snipe' 6W-Y
'Jetfire' 6Y-O
'Peeping Tom' 6Y-Y
'Spring Dawn' 6Y-Y
...

Yellow/Yellow
eye-zone and mid-zone, Orange rim
Yellow/Golden-Yellow
Yellow/Yellow
White/Lemon-Yellow
Yellow/Orange
Yellow/Yellow
Pale Yellow/
Bright Yellow

March, April
...
...
February, March
March, April
March, April
March, April
February, March
January, February,
March

Narcissus - Division 7: Jonquilla and Apodanthus Daffodil Cultivars

'Baby Moon' 7Y-Y Min
'Bell Song' 7W-P
'Golden Dawn' 7Y-O
'Kokopelli' 7Y-Y
'Pipit' 7Y-Y
'Quail' 7Y-Y

Citron-Yellow/Yellow
Creamy-White/Pink
Rich Yellow/Orange
Yellow/Golden Yellow
Lemon Yellow/Yellow
Golden Yellow/Yellow

April, May
April, May, June
February, March, April
April
April, May
April, May

Narcissus - Division 8: Tazetta Daffodil Cultivars

'Falconet' 8Y-O
'Geranium' 8W-O
'Minnow' 8Y-Y
...
papyraceus 8W-W
...

Golden-Yellow/Orange
White/Red-Orange
Creamy-Yellow/
Lemon-Yellow
White/White
...

March, April
March, April
March, April, May
...
January, February,
March

Narcissus - Division 9: Poeticus Daffodil Cultivars

 

 

 

Narcissus - Division 10: Bulbocodium Daffodil Cultivars

"Golden Bells" 10Y-Y
subsp. obesus 10Y-Y
pseudonarcissus 10W-Y
pseudonarcissus
'Praecox'
10W-Y
 

Golden-Yellow/Yellow
Yellow/Yellow
Creamy-White/Yellow
Cream/Yellow
...

April, May
March, April
February, March, April
March
...

Narcissus - Division 11: Split-Corona Daffodil Cultivars a) Collar Daffodils

'Cassata' 11aW-Y

White/Lemon-Yellow

March, April

Narcissus - Division 11: Split-Corona Daffodil Cultivars b) Papillon Daffodils

'Broadway Star' 11bW-O

White/Orange stripe
 

April

Narcissus - Division 12 Other Daffodil Cultivars

 

 

 

Narcissus - Division 13: Daffodils distinguished solely by Botanical Name

asturiensis 13Y-Y
...
bulbocodium 13Y-Y
cyclamineus 13Y-Y
obvallaris 13Y-Y
poeticus var
physaloides
13W-GYO
...

Fading Yellow/
Darker Yellow
Yellow/Golden-Yellow
Yellow/Yellow
Yellow/Yellow
White/Green eye-zone, Yellow mid-zone, Red-Orange rim

January, February,
March
March, April, May
March
March, April
May
...
...

 

 

 

Dr Tom Throckmorton of Iowa computerized much data in the early 1970's regarding the flower colour of daffodils. With the support of the American Daffodil Society, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was approached and asked to consider certain modifications to its admittedly good classification. The RHS, after due consideration, approved the Revised Classification and published this in the International Register of Daffodil names in 1975 as follows:-

1. The classification of a daffodil cultivar shall be based on the description and measurements submitted by the person registering the variety, or shall be the classification submitted by such person.

2. Colours applicable to the description of daffodil cultivars are abbreviated as follows:

  • W white or whitish
  • G green
  • Y yellow
  • P pink
  • O orange
  • R red

3. For purposes of description, the daffodil flower shall be divided into perianth and corona (a crownlike appendage on a plant, esp. on the inner side of a corolla, as in the narcissus.).

4. The perianth shall be described by the letter or letters of the colour code most appropriate.

5. The corona shall be divided into 3 zones:an eye-zone, a mid-zone, and the edge or rim. Suitable coded colour descriptions shall describe these 3 zones, beginning with the eye-zone and extending to the rim - see Introduction Page

6. The letter or letters of the colour code most accurately describing the perianth shall follow the division designation. Narcissus Altun Ha is given the classification code 2YYW-W as the Champion Bloom at the 2011 Tulip and Daffodil Festival for the New Zealand's Daffodil Society. This code indicates a Yellow rim and edge, Yellow mid-zone and White inside part next to the corona of the perianth with White corona.

7. The letters of the colour code most accurately describing the zones of the corona shall then follow, from the eye-zone to the rim separated from the perianth letters by a hyphen. In Division 4, the letters of the colour code most accurately describing the admixture of petals and petaloids replacing the corona shall follow in proper order, using 3, 2, or 1 colour codes as appropriate - see Introduction Page.

8. If the corona is substantially of a single colour, a single letter of the colour code shall describe it.

 

 

 

 

Carpet a Woodland in Bulbs from December 2000, Issue number 76, of "Fine Gardening Magazine" by Judy Glattstein:-

Plant bulbs that flower in sequence to extend the season

Bloom times are approximate in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6 garden. Though the sequence will generally be the same from year to year, exact bloom times will vary depending upon your location and weather conditions.

February
Snowdrops - Galanthus spp.
Spring snowflake - Leucojum vernum
Winter aconite - Eranthis hyemalis

March
Crocus tommasinianus
Snowdrops - Galanthus spp.
Spring snowflake - Leucojum vernum
Winter aconite - Eranthis hyemalis
Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'

April
Corydalis solida
Fritillaria thunbergii (See photos of fritillaria)
Glory of the snow- Chionodoxa spp.
Grape hyacinth - Muscari armeniacum
Siberian squill - Scilla sibirica
Narcissus 'Beersheba' with their companions
Narcissus 'Dove Wings'
Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle'
Narcissus 'Trevithian'

May
Narcissus 'Actaea'
Narcissus 'Thalia'
Guinea hen flower - Fritillaria meleagris
Spanish bluebell - Hyacinthoides hispanicus

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Flower. Photo from Deeproot Plant Base

See photo from Royal Horticultural Society

Foliage

Form

Click on photo from Broadleigh Gardens

Plant Name

Narcissus 'Little Beauty' 1W-Y Miniature

See Narcissus Introduction for details about Division Number followed by Flower Colour Code for the Narcissus Classification above. Miniature is added to any of the Divisions 1 to 13.

The name of the genus is derived from Narcissus, son of the Boeotian river god Cephisus and the nymph Liriope. Narcissus is also said to come from the Greek 'narke' meaning 'numbness' and refers to its narcotic properties.

Common Name

Daffodil

Soil

Well-drained Acidic Sand or Chalk (Ideally the pH should be around 7 to 6.5)

Sun Aspect

Full Sun (require at least half a days sun) and Part Shade

Soil Moisture

Moist. (Daffodils need lots of water while they are growing. Water immediately after planting and keep them moist until the rains come. Continue watering for three weeks or so after blooming time; then stop watering. The bulbs make their next year's bloom after flowering.)

Plant Type

Herbaceous Bulb

Height x Spread in inches (cms) (1 inch = 2.5 cms)

6 x 4 (15 x 10)

Foliage

Dark Green

Flower Colour in Month(s). Seed

Creamy-White perianth and yellow corona in March

Comment

"Sturdy dwarf daffodil with attractive bicolour flowers having creamy white perianth segments and clear yellow trumpets, from early spring. Long lasting." from Deeproot Plant Base.

"One of the best miniature trumpets with a greenish-white perianth and a bright yellow corona. Good in pots or garden and is a strong grower. March flowering and lasts well. Ht 5in (12cm)" from Miniature Bulbs.

"This little daffodil may be naturalised in short fine grass, but its ideal situation is at the front of a border or rock garden, in sun or dappled shade. Plant it at one and a half times its own depth, or slightly deeper if the soil is light, or if it is being naturalised in grass. Daffodils do tolerate a wide range of soils, but are best grown in moderately fertile, well drained soil that is moist during the growing season. The flowering time for ‘Little Beauty’ is early March." from Garden World.

If you intend to plant your Daffodils in pots as shown below, then read Pot Culture of Exhibition Daffodils in The Complete Guide for Growing and Exhibiting Daffodils irrespective of whether you are likely to exhibit your daffodils or not.

"Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.
Expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring." from Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society.

Wherever possible, choose ground that has not previously been used for growing daffodils in the last 5 years.

Either

Ideally the pH should be around 7 to 6.5 and should be cultivated to a depth of 2 spits with well-rotted animal manure or compost incorporated into the lower spit. Before planting the following fertiliser can be incorporated at the rate of four ounces (110 grammes) per square yard ( 1 square yard = 0.81 square metres) - 5 parts by weight of superphosphate, 5 parts of bone meal, 5 parts of suphate of potash and 1 part of hoof and horn.

or

If you have heavy clay, you can amend it with river sand to improve porosity; if you have sand, chopped leaves are the recommended amendment. DO NOT USE MANURE OR MUSHROOM COMPOST. Heavy, rich compost leads to a quick case of summer bulb rot! Also, when you amend clay, ensure you dig much deeper than the bulbs' root systems will travel - do not create a bowl that holds water and thus promotes rot. Chopped leaves are the recommended mulch - the weight is light enough not to smother emerging foliage, and the nutrients released by their slow decay function as slow-release fertilizer in good proportions for what daffodils desire.

Available from Miniature Bulbs , Broadleigh Gardens and R.V. Roger .

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This is one of the daffodils which can be seen at Colesbourne Park, England in February and March Open Days

Form. Photo from Deeproot Plant Base

 

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Form. Photo from R.V. Roger

 

 

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Introduction

PERIANTH COLOUR
Green
Orange
Pink
Red
(o)White
(o)Yellow

FLOWERING MONTHS
(o)January
(o)February
(o)March
(o)April
(o)May
(o)June
.July
.August
.September
.October
.November
(o)December

FOLIAGE COLOUR
(o)Green
Other Colour

DAFFODIL CLASSIFICATION DIVISION OF UK
(o)1 Trumpet
(o)2 Large-Cupped
(o)3 Small-Cupped
(o)4 Double
(o)5 Triandrus
(o)6 Cyclamineus
(o)7 Jonquilla / Apodanthus
(o)8 Tazetta
9 Poeticus
(o)10 Bulbocodium
11 Split-Corona
(o)11a Collar
(o)11b Papillon
(o)12 Other Cultivars
(o)13 Species and Wild Variants and hybrids

SEED COLOUR
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