The Main Plant entry for Daffodils (Narcissus)

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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 Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
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: Kerrville, TXDate: January 24 2005
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Date: 2009-04-01Taken at a local nursery in their display garden
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2014-03-25
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Date: 2009-03-13
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Date: 2009-03-06
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Location: Claremont Daffodil ShowDate: septGlenbrook Champion Double
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: March 2015a little cutie
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 2015
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Date: 2009-03-06
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-04-18
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Location: Pleasant Grove, utahDate: 2011-04-18
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Location: Claremont Daffodil Show-TasmaniaDate: septshow daff
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Location: Zone 7A NC homeDate: 2011-03-04
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Location: Commercial Daffodil field in the Netherlandsphoto by : joost j. bakker
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Date: 2014-03-26
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2014-04-21
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 2015
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-06
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-04-13
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Location: Rosetta- TasmaniaDate: SeptFloral art
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Location: Glenbrook Bulb Farm-TasmaniaDate: august 2010miniatures[molly as well]
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Location: Claremont Daffodil Show-TasmaniaDate: septsmall cup
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Location: z5 MA, my gardenDate: 2010-04-06NOID
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Location: z5 MA, my gardenDate: 2011-04-06NOID
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Location: z5 MA, my gardenDate: 2011-04-27NOID
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-02-09
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-02-28
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2011-02-27
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Location: central IllinoisDate: spring 2013
By jmorth
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Location: Our yard, Hot Springs VillageDate: 2014-03-14Double daffodil
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 23, 2014
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Date: 2014-03-26
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Date: 2015-03-12
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Date: 2015-03-12
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 2015
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 2015
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Location: Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2015, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2015-04-25
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-11
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-11
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Date: 2015-04-26
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Date: 2015-04-14
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-05
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-05
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Date: 2017-04-09
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Date: 2017-04-09
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-04-13
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-04-12
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-01-31
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-03-03Double Daffodil 015
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Date: 2018-04-26
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-04-18
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Location: Glenbrook Bulb Farm - TasmaniaDate: augustearly flowering miniatures at Glenbrook
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Location: central IllinoisDate: April, 2007
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Location: central IllinoisDate: April, 2007
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Location: Zone 7A NC homeDate: 2011-04-08
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Location: Zone 7A NC homeDate: 2011-04-08
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Location: home NC Zone 7ADate: 2011-04-01
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2011-04-02
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2011-04-01double daffodil
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-03-09Forced, then placed outside to bloom in following years.
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-27
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Location: Northern Washington state, USAphoto by: Cyprien Lomas
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Location: Bagatelle Park, Paris, Francephoto by: Myrabella/ Wikimedia Commons
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Location: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas, USAphoto by: David R. Tribble
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2012-04-10In my garden
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Date: 2013-03-15
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Location: Our home, Hot Springs VillageDate: 2004-03-22From our garden
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Date: 2014-02-19
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Date: 2014-03-11
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Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, ARDate: 2014-03-14
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2014-03-22
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Date: 2014-03-26
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Date: 2014-04-09
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Location: Narcissus in Parque Natural de Montesinho Porto Furado trailDate: 2011-05-18Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Date: 2009-03-13Photo courtesy of: ForestWander
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Date: 2015-03-12
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Date: 2015-03-16
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: March 2015
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: March 2015unknown pretty
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Location: My GardensDate: April 27, 2011Peak Bloom With Grape Hyacinths & Other Early Bulbs
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-03-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: Spring 2013
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Location: My yard, Yucca Valley,CaDate: 2016-02-25
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Date: 2015-04-19
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Location: Sherwood OregonDate: 2017-04-01
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Location: my garden HWDate: 2018-02-14
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-02-27Double Daffodil 001
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Location: Blaine TNDate: 2018-04-26last daffodil blooms of the year
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-06
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-27
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 4-11-11Kaydee and Ice Wings
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 3-16-07Forced
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-04-01Hoop Petticoat type - forced
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Date: 2014-03-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-04-12Holland Sensation, Fortissimo, and Ara
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-25Emerging leafs w/ bubs
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-01
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Location: CZ Sirem My gardenDate: 4000-05-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-05-05
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Location: Solon , OhioDate: 2017-03-25
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Location: Solon , OhioDate: 2017-03-25
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Location: St LouisDate: 2016-04-09International Daffodil Show
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 22, 2011 3:04 AM

Most daffodils are easy to force over winter. Deep pots are best allowing room for root development. Need good drainage. 5 typical sized bulbs do well in a 6" pot. Bulbs may be placed in close proximity to each other but preferably not touching. Press firmly into the medium, more medium used to cover 'shoulders' of bulbs. This too should be firmed in.
Grower can force two ways...1) pots may be placed outdoors, plunged into the earth and covered with a protective layer of insulation (light soil, leached ash, straw, or pine needles) Protective layer must be a substance through which emerging buds (shoots) may grow through unobstructed. Maintain watering (but not too much). Usually 12 weeks is sufficient outside. When brought inside, essential to initially keep them cool. Water more freguently never allowing them to become dry. The higher the humidity the better.
To use in following seasons, flowering stems are removed, weak tomato (high potash) fertilizer may be applied, keep in bright light till warm enough to translocate, then plant bulbs outside. Often bloom following season; sometimes need a season to recover.
2) May be potted up as described above in the fall. Let roots get a good start by watering pot and letting it sit for a week or so before placing into a dedicated refrigerator with temperature maintained around 34 to 40°.Check to water periodically. 12 weeks later (obvious growth noted, pots well rooted) may be removed. I let mine acclimate under fluorescent lights in the basement where winter temps average around 60° for a week or so, When buds about to burst, moved upstairs for display. To enjoy in subsequent seasons, as described above, transplant into garden.
Before having a refrigerator dedicated to forcing I was able to successfully force by utilizing a covered outside stairwell to basement. Bulbs were potted up, placed in big totes and then totes were placed in stairwell and covered with blankets. This method's advantage was less watering (humidity maintained by enclosure).

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 10:34 PM

"Narcissus is a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbous perennials in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. Various common names including daffodil, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some of the genus. They are native to meadows and woods in Europe, North Africa and West Asia, with a center of distribution in the Western Mediterranean. The number of distinct species varies widely depending on how they are classified, with the disparity due to similarity between species and hybridization between species. The number of defined species ranges from 26 to more than 60, depending on the authority. Species and hybrids are widely used in gardens and landscapes.

One of the most common dermatitis problems for florists, "daffodil itch" involves dryness, fissures, scaling, and erythema in the hands, often accompanied by subungual hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin beneath the nails). It is blamed on exposure to calcium oxalate in the sap. It has long been recognised that some cultivars provoke dermatitis more readily than others. The cultivars 'Actaea', 'Camparelle', 'Gloriosa', 'Grande Monarque', 'Ornatus', 'Princeps' and 'Scilly White' are known to do so."

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 11, 2013 4:15 PM

Daffodils are the perfect spring flower. I am so ready for their cheerful blooms after a long winter. Flowers are mostly shades of yellow or white, with some having a darker orange coloring. But the best known are the solid yellow daffodils.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
3 bulbs NOid GMB swP
piksihk On February 14, 2018 Bloomed
Clump under crape myrtle and front bed
piksihk On February 1, 2017 Bloomed
Under crape myrtle WG
piksihk On January 18, 2016 Bloomed
piksihk On January 1, 2015 Bloomed
piksihk On December 1, 2014 Bloomed
these are 'paperwhites' - very fragrant
chelle On October 16, 2014 Transplanted
(20) Double Dutch Mix in Ash tree bed.
dragonfetti On March 25, 2015 Deadheaded
Almost all the yellow have now bloomed and are done
dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Bloomed
Three different kinds are now blooming. A few were hit by the frost and were stunted but bloomed.
dragonfetti On February 22, 2015 Bloomed
Eight to ten are blooming in the compass gardens.
dragonfetti On January 14, 2015 Seeds sown
Planted the Trumpet mix in Poppy's garden.
dragonfetti On January 14, 2015 Plant emerged
Some in the Compass gardens are breaking ground.
dragonfetti On January 12, 2015 Obtained plant
From WM; 9 bulbs $1.00; Trumpet Mix.
dragonfetti On November 26, 2014 Seeds sown
Planted in the "Compass" and sidewalk gardens . Many bulbs were double and all were very large.
dragonfetti On November 19, 2014 Obtained plant
Purchased 50 bulbs from Lowe's for $10.00.
Seedfork From January 4, 2015 to March 17, 2015 Bloomed
No more blooms seen this week.
Bunilla On April 26, 2016 Transplanted
Planted in back yard in front of newly acquired Dahlia bulbs.
Bunilla On September 1, 2015 Obtained plant
Got this and a few others late August/early September of 2015. Had a large family emergency about a week after buying at WM and did not have a chance to get them planted before it started snowing. Saved them to plant this spring.
This bag of bulbs only said Trumpet Daffodil Mix on them.
thequeen770 On March 13, 2017 Bloomed
Several blooms on each grouping of bulbs.
thequeen770 On September 1, 2016 Obtained plant
Mom mailed these to me for my birthday.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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There goes the 'Conspicuus' by gwhizz Dec 4, 2011 8:16 PM 0
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