Data specific to Daffodils (Edit)
Division: Division 12 - Misc. (Other Cultivars)
Color: Perianth (Petals): Yellow
Color: Corona (Cups): Orange
Description: Lemon colored petals, orange cup. 1 to 3 flowers/stem.
Bloom season: M - Mid Spring
Height classification: Dwarf (to 12.8")
Hybridizer: Grant E. Mitsch
Year of registration: 1979
Country of Origin: United States
Origin of name: Part of Grant Mitsch's Bird Series. Named after the bird, Bitternwhich have unusual calls and live in the marshes in the state of Oregon
Seed parent: Matador
Pollen parent: Narcissus cyclamineus
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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: dwarf 6 to 10 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Other: sweet
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Other: nice force
Inflorescence Height: 6 to 10 inches
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Parentage: Matador x N. cyclamineus

Common names
  • Miscellaneous Daffodil
  • Daffodil
  • Miscellaneous Narcissus

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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 4, 2015 1:36 PM concerning plant:
    Brent and Becky describe Bittern thusly:
    Bittern - (12 Y-O) two to three intermediate sized flowers per stem; nicely formed, recurved, sulfur yellow petals which surround the short, demitasse shaped, pumpkin orange cup; small but super strong and shows up in the garden like the 'big guys'! 6"-10"; whz 4-9; early- mid spring
Plant Events from our members
jmorth On February 26, 2017 Bloomed
Full bloom, upstairs...
jmorth On February 20, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
Upstairs, about to bloom.
jmorth On February 3, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
out of cold, under fluorescents in cool basement
jmorth On October 29, 2016 Potted up
into cold in a week (dedicated refrigerator)
jmorth On October 28, 2016 Obtained plant
to force, from Brent and Becky's
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