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Deik
Apr 4, 2020 12:08 PM CST
I was extremely excited to see I had daffodils coming back this year, as they're my favorite spring flower, only to find the white ones I'd transplanted last year (from one garden plot to another, as the first was overrun) bloomed to look like the following image. They also have an incredibly strong scent that does not smell like regular daffodils.

They bloomed normally last year, and every single year prior. Can anyone tell me what's happened to my daffodils? All the white one are coming up like this, but the yellow ones (both the regular and the miniature ones) are totally fine. None from my original plot have bloomed (the strange thaw-freeze-thaw-freeze we had all winter might be to blame) so I can't compare them.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 4, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Welcome!

Your daffodils aren't weird or mutating, they are Paperwhite Narcissus, a type of daffodil.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 4, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Picture and fragrance certainly seem to be paper whites and nor mutated white daffodils.
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westwood214
Apr 6, 2020 7:33 PM CST
I divided and replanted golden daffodils bulbs in fall of 2019. They bloomed as white daffodils this year. WHY? Confused
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 6, 2020 8:10 PM CST
I can't tell you why, only what: Paperwhite Narcissus. I imagine the how is you dug up more than you thought you had. Daffodils buried too deep don't bloom so it might have been something you had without realizing it.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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