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Data specific to Daffodils (Edit)
Division: Division 12 - Misc. (Other Cultivars)
Color: Perianth (Petals): Yellow
Color: Corona (Cups): Yellow
Description: Buttercup yellow petals w/ darker yellow cup. 2-3 flowers / stem
Bloom season: EM - Early to Mid Spring
Height classification: Dwarf (to 12.8")
Special Classes: Multiflowering
Miniatures List
Hybridizer: Alec Gray
Year of registration: pre 1949
Country of Origin: England
Origin of name: see comments below
Seed parent: Cyclataz
Pollen parent: open pollinated
Awards: Award of Merit
First Class Certificate
Wister Award
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: 5 to 6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Other: One of the best daffodils out there to force.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Other: Forcible - Most utilized miniature daffodil for forcing.
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
Preferred depth: Shoulders should be exposed.
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: Wister 2013; AM 1993; *FCC(g) 1974; *AM(g) 1973; FCC(p) 1962; AM(p) 1956; 2009 Great Plant Picks Award Winner
Parentage: Cyclataz x open pollinated
Child plants: one child plant


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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Feb 7, 2012 2:28 AM

Early blooming backcross of N. cyclamineus × N. 'Cyclataz' (N. cyclamineus × N. tazetta 'Grand Soleil d'Or').

This Narcissus is a good choice for pot forcing.
It multiplies freely so should be divided every 5 to 10 years to prevent overcrowding of the bulbs.

Jan. 2013. I dug up some of the bulbs to send home with a friend. The bulbs have grown to a very large size and have already produced many offset bulbs, after only one year of planting.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on May 31, 2013 5:46 PM

The RHS describes this daffodil thusly: 'Fls 2-3 per stem, 65 mm wide; perianth segments ovate, brilliant yellow with slight white mucro, spreading or a little reflexed, plane, overlapping 1/4; inner segments with margins wavy; cup is cylindrical, short, broadly angled, slightly constricted near mouth, darker in tone than the perianth, mouth straight or slightly expanded, 6-lobed, with rim crenate.'

Both seed and pollen are fertile. Descendants may be viewed at this DaffSeek site:

This cultivar is the most widely used of the miniature daffodils for forcing.
May be transplanted into garden after forcing for bloom in subsequent years. Success for this procedure is very high.

A sibling to 'Jumblie' and 'Quince'

An extremely successful daffodil.

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Posted by pardalinum (Willamette Valley OR - Zone 8a) on May 31, 2013 6:15 PM

I have found Tete-a-Tete to work very well in containers and hanging baskets. For the earliest spring color the hanging baskets are very showy.

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Posted by gwhizz (Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 5:34 AM

The meaning of 'Tete a Tete' is "head to head." When I spoke with Rod Barwick today about a freak double-headed 'Tete A Tete,' he said: ''Perfect. Snip it off and put it in the Claremont Show.'' After looking at its parent, 'Cyclataz,' on this site, all becomes clear: It's supposed to have 2 heads.

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Plant Events from our members
flaflwrgrl On February 6, 2015 Plant emerged
They are popping up now.
flaflwrgrl On December 1, 2013 Miscellaneous Event
Planted bulbs along top edge - both sides - of garden bed out back on the hill.
gardengus On April 11, 2014 Bloomed
paleohunter On October 24, 2021 Potted up
dnrevel On November 13, 2021 Seeds sown
Planted bulbs in layers in pots. Also started growing this diminutive beauty in 2019 in the yard. Will see how they do in pots in 2022.
SuperHappyCamper On November 23, 2021 Obtained plant
Purchased from HD.
gochna On December 3, 2021 Obtained plant
planted 50 bulbs around the acacia trees (25 each)
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