The Main Plant entry for Daffodils (Narcissus)

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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 Time: Spring
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
  • Daffodil

Photo Gallery
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: January 24 2005
Photo by Deby
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-04-27
Location: Sherwood Oregon
Date: 2017-04-01
Location: St Louis
Date: 2016-04-09
International Daffodil Show

Date: 2014-03-24
Photo by zuzu
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-06
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-04-27

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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 22, 2011 3:04 AM concerning plant:
    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).
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 11, 2013 4:15 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 10:34 PM concerning plant:
    "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."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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piksihk On December 21, 2018 Bloomed
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piksihk On May 21, 2018 Transplanted
front of white spider lily HW
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
3 bulbs NOid GMB swP
piksihk On February 14, 2018 Bloomed
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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.
UncleWill On January 25, 2019 Bloomed
Heirloom volunteers under hydrangea NW corner.
WebTucker On March 9, 2022 Bloomed
WebTucker On February 19, 2022 Bloomed
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
There goes the 'Conspicuus' by gwhizz Dec 4, 2011 8:16 PM 0
friend by jmorth Jun 1, 2013 10:42 PM 2
Which Beautiful Daffodil Variety? by Marilyn Nov 5, 2013 1:24 AM 2
'Italicus'? by scvirginia Mar 23, 2021 11:47 PM 0
"Drunken' composition by arctangent Mar 24, 2021 4:36 PM 0
Are you sure of this ID? by sedumzz Mar 8, 2022 6:14 AM 0

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