Double Daffodil (Narcissus 'Erlicheer') in the Daffodils Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Cheerfulness
Earlicheer
Earlichere
Gaiety
Spring Cheer
Summer Cheer
Early Cheer

Data specific to Daffodils (Edit)
Division: Division 4 - Double
Color: Perianth (Petals): White
Color: Corona (Cups): Yellow
Description: see comments below *
Bloom season: VE - Very Early Spring
Height classification: Standard (12.8" to 26.6")
Special Classes: RHS Historics List
ADS Historics
Hybridizer: M. Gardiner
Year of registration: Yes. (1st flowering noted pre 1934).
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Origin of name: see comments below **
Seed parent: White Pearl? sport
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)
Plant Height: 10 to 12" also 14 to 16" (depends on source)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Sweetly scented
Flower Color: White
Yellow
Other: white w/ honey yellow segments
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Other: excellent to force
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

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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: February 18, 2014
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-02-14forced in water
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-11
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-02-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-03-02Forced
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Location: IllinoisDate: 2011-04-30Erlicheer and Muscari
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-02-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-10-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-12-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-02-03flower buds forming/forced on marbles in water
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-02-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-10Forced
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-03-04Forced  over winter.
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Location: my garden HWDate: 2018-02-22
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Location: my garden HWDate: 2018-02-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-14
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jun 1, 2013 10:20 AM

Good for gardens in the southern USA (Z6-9).
Excellent subject for winter forcing. Can be forced in water on pebbles or marbles (similar to its non-hardy Tazetta cousins the Paperwhites). Old House Gardens recommends using a deeper bowl than those used for paperwhites to allow greater root growth. These daffs need 2-3 weeks of below 50° but over freezing temps to promote root development before top growth commences. Keep cool for best blooming show.
* RHS description - 'Fls 6-12 or more per stem; perianth and other petaloid segments in four whorls, broadly ovate, yellowish white, a little concave, with midrib showing, overlapping; the outer whorl prominently mucronate, a little inflexed; the inner whorls only slightly mucronate, successively more strongly inflexed and more deeply overlapping; corona segments short, opposite and regularly arranged between the petaloid segments, very broad, brilliant greenish yellow, with rim wavy and entire.
Sometimes coded 4 W - W in U S A (as opposed to 4 W - Y).
aka - 'Cheerfulness#', 'Earlicheer', 'Earlichere', 'Gaiety#', 'Spring Cheer', 'Summer Cheer'.
**Origin of name (from DaffSeek) - 'According to daffodil historian John Hunter, of the National Daffodil Society of New Zealand, Alan Gibson of Marton, New Zealand, a major daffodil nurseryman in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's first noticed this flower in 1934 in the garden of Mr. Gardiner of Huntly, New Zealand. Alan Gibson obtained the bulb stock and was going to register it as 'Cheerfulness', this name was taken so was not accepted for the Register. Then Alan put forward the name of 'Gaiety', this name had also been used and again was rejected. World War II intervened and nothing was done until after it ended. When Ron Hyde returned from active service in Italy, he became Alan Gibson's foreman at the daffodil nursery and Ron registered the flower as 'Erlicheer' (Gardiner) Hyde, 1951.' http://daffseek.org/query/quer...
Pollen from used to produce 'Rachel's Magic Spell'.
One of my first subjects used to force when I began over-winter forcing years ago.

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Posted by christinereid54 (Kyle, Texas - Zone 8b) on Feb 19, 2018 6:08 PM

I planted Erlicheer in my garden about five years ago and it's done very well. I have it on a sunny slope, which helps the drainage situation in our clay soil. When it's finished blooming (starts flowering in early to mid February here in Central Texas) I leave it alone and by summer, the plant's leaves have melted away, only to reliably return the following year. I don't do any supplemental watering and just give it some fish emulsion in December. An easy care, lovely, fragrant narcissus.

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piksihk On May 11, 2016 Transplanted
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piksihk On February 17, 2016 Bloomed
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jmorth On April 9, 2015 Bloomed
moved upstairs 4-10-15 to appreciate
jmorth On November 18, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Moved into area to start cold period.
jmorth On November 4, 2014 Potted up
To force. Start 2 wk rooting period, then 3 wk cold tx. Accelerated forcing.
jmorth On November 3, 2014 Obtained plant
From OHG. To force.
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