Small Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Altruist') in the Daffodils Database

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Data specific to Daffodils (Edit)
Division: Division 3 - Small-Cupped
Color: Perianth (Petals): Orange
Color: Corona (Cups): Red
Description: Petals open orange, then pale in color; shallow bowl shaped cup goes from a darker tone to lighter (orange-red)
Bloom season: L - Late Spring
Height classification: Standard (12.8" to 26.6")
Special Classes: ADS Classics
Hybridizer: Frederick E. Board
Year of registration: 1965
Country of Origin: England
Seed parent: Kindled
Pollen parent: 'Alport'
Awards: Award of Merit
Links: DaffSeek - Daffodil Database
RHS - Daffodil Register

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Forcible
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Gophers/Voles
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrels
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Bulbs
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Award of Merit 1975
Parentage: Kindled x Alport
Child plants: 24 child plants

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Apr 12, 2015 4:30 PM

This award-winning classic daffodil is rather unique in that while the tone of the petals get paler with age, the tone of the cup's color gets lighter.
Altruist was registered in 1965 by British hybridizer Frederick K. Board.
This cultivar was classified as a Division 2 (Large-cupped) daffodil until 1972, when it was reclassified as a Division 3 (small cupped) daffodil.
Altruist has also proved to be quite fertile, in both seed and pollen roles. It's been used as a seed parent 32 times; in the latter capacity, as a pollen parent, 27 times. Breeders in England, Northern Ireland, Latvia, and all over the United States have used Altruist in various breeding programs well into this century.

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