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Daffodil (poeticus cultivars)

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Poeticus Daffodil, Poeticus Narcissus
Narcissus sp. Poeticus cultivars
Amaryllidaceae Family

Flowering in spring, daffodils are reliable, easy to grow, deer-resistant and great for naturalizing. Poeticus Daffodil blooms have wide, white, open perianths and small, red rimmed cups. The blooms are generally fragrant.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers moist but well-drained soil.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 9

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • rock gardens
  • indoors as a houseplant - Bulbs can be forced inside for winter bloom.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.75 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • mid-spring
  • late spring

Depends on variety.

Flower color:

  • yellow
  • green
  • white

White perianths with yellow, orange or green cups, often rimmed with red.

Foliage color:

  • medium green
  • dark green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Blooms borne on erect stems rising above the foliage.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Product of horticultural selection.
  • fragrant - Most cultivars have sweetly scented blooms.

Special uses:
  • cut flowers - Some varieties are especially long lasting.
  • naturalistic garden
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Plants the bulbs 5" deep. Divide after flowering or in the fall.

Maintenance and care:
Deadhead the plants to keep appearance tidy. Do not cut back the plants until the foliage begins to fade (about 6 weeks). Apply low-nitrogen, high-potassium fertilizer after blooming if bloom performance was poor.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Narcissus bulb flies
Bulb scale mite

Narcissus nematode
Narcissus basal rot
Narcissus yellow stripe virus
‘Actaea’: 1 ˝’ tall plants with fragrant, late blooms with flat white perianths and shallow red-rimmed yellow cups.

‘Cantabile’: 10” tall plants with pure white perianths and small but showy cup that has a green center, rimmed with yellow, and then with red at its outer edge.

‘Como’: 1’ tall plants with fragrant, late blooms with white perianths and red-rimmed, green throated, yellow cups.

‘Poet’s Way’: 1 ˝’ tall late-blooming plants with fragrant blooms with white perianths and red-rimmed, green-eyed bright yellow cups.

‘Sea Green’: 1 ˝’ tall late-blooming plants with fragrant blooms with pure white perianths and red rimmed, green-eyed pure white cup.

‘Smyrna’: 1 ˝' tall plants with fragrant blooms with white perianths and orange cups