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
Other: Sweetly scented
Flower Color: White
Other: white w/ honey yellow segments
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Other: excellent to force
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

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

Photo Gallery

Date: 2018-07-31
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2021-02-08
Couldn't be easier to grow
Location: Kyle
Date: 2019-02-02
Lovely, dependable, fragrant
Location: My garden
Date: 7-21-21
Summer daffodil narcissus erlicheer
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2017-02-11
Location: Kyle
Date: 2019-02-02
They return every year and slowly spread
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-02-04
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: February 18, 2014
Location: Camilla S/W GA.
Date: 02-11-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-02-14
forced in water
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-03-02
Location: Kyle
Date: 2019-02-02
most of the buds have opened, this one is a slowpoke
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Johns Island, SC
Date: 2014-02-25
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2017-02-11
Location: My Garden of Good and Evil
Date: 2023-03-11

Date: 2011-05-15
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Date: June 26, 2017
first year planting, 5 bulbs are a bit crowded in the pot but the
Location: Illinois
Date: 2011-04-30
Erlicheer and Muscari
Location: My Garden of Good and Evil
Date: 2023-03-05
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-03-04
Forced  over winter.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-12-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-14
Photo by virginiarose
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-02-03
flower buds forming/forced on marbles in water
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-10
Location: My garden 
Date: 2020-02-04

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-02-06
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-02-21
Location: my garden HW
Date: 2018-02-22
Location: my garden HW
Date: 2018-02-22
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-03-08
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-02-14
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-02-06
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-03-08
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-03-08
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  • Posted by christinereid54 (Texas - Zone 8b) on Feb 19, 2018 6:08 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jun 1, 2013 10:20 AM concerning plant:
    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.'
    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.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On February 4, 2020 Bloomed
piksihk On January 16, 2019 Bloomed
piksihk On February 20, 2018 Bloomed
HW side/ border
piksihk From February 14, 2017 to March 1, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On May 11, 2016 Transplanted
piksihk On February 17, 2016 Bloomed
piksihk On December 14, 2015 Plant emerged
piksihk On January 16, 2015 Bloomed
front bed
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.
Cobs On August 27, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
Planted late 1990's. Various placed around the gardens. Main area under the Rose, Apple Tree, Feijoa off the decks.
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