Narcissus and Daffodils

Narcissus Paperwhite 'Ziva' - 3 bulbs


The lovely paperwhite performs well as an annual in the South and has several large flowers on each stem. 'Ziva' has a strong spicy scent.  Supplies are extremely limited, so order yours now!  These bulbs are great for forcing, so plant...

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Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or' - 5 bulbs


Yes, these colorful blooms are to be forced indoors, and they will bring a smile to anyone's face! These have lovely yellow petals with bright orange cups in the center, and they grow tall at 15"-19". They feel like you have brought a piece of sunshine...

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Narcissus 'Wintersun' - 4 bulbs


What makes these forcing bulbs different from our other paperwhites besides that this one is sold as four bulbs? These are a soft white with a yellow center, and they grow taller than any of the other paperwhites! They feel like you have brought a piece...

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Narcissus 'Carlton' - 5 bulbs


'Carlton' is our best chance for a large, repeating, yellow trumpet shaped daffodil. Middle to upper-South residents enjoy this bulb year after year. It rings the nostalgic "daffodil" note that so many long for in their gardens. Plant with 'Ice Follies'...

Narcissus 'Kedron' - 6 bulbs


Kedron is an old fashioned jonquil hybrid we are happy to introduce into our catalog this year!  It is an old fashioned selection with dark yellow petals and an orange cup that was bred by Willis Wheeler, a mid 20th century daffodil breeder and...

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Narcissus 'Ice Follies' - 5 bulbs


Beautiful white petals with large yellow cups. An old friend once told me that 'Ice Follies' looks good by itself, and so does 'Carlton' but when you put the two together you get the show of a lifetime. That person was right. 'Ice Follies' is one of the...

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All daffodils are in the genus Narcissus, so why do we refer to some by their species name “tazetta” and others we simply call “daffodils”?  It is an issue of common word usage in our modern garden vernacular.

Narcissus tazetta flowers have smaller cups, but a LOT more of them. Outer petals can be white, yellow, or orange and the inner cup can be white, yellow, or orange, and there can be many combinations in between. The “tazetta” group is valued because most bulbs in this category are great perennials, and a gardener can choose selections that bloom in December, January, February, and March! Common selections include:

  1. November/December/January (depending on the weather): Chinese sacred lilies (Narcissus tazetta orientalis). This wonderfully fragrant flower is used to celebrate the new year in many cultures!

  2. January: Italicus (Narcissus tazetta italicus).  This reliable January bloomer is found in old Spanish and French settlements across Louisiana, and does well in our Zone 8 each year near Tyler, TX. It brightens up our farm in spectacular ways!

  3. January/February: Double Roman (Narcissus tazetta romanus). The double form of the Chinese sacred lily, this somewhat more frost-sensitive selection packs a fragrance and form that is other-worldly.  

  4. February/March: Grand Primo (Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo). One of the toughest, most reliable bloomers, this stalwart belongs in every temperate climate garden.  More resistant to freeze damage than many of the other tazetta bulbs.

Daffodils are Narcissus that have larger, more elongated cups, and are what the public often associates with spring.  They are more prone to “fizzle out” after 3-5 years, but some selections provide large blooms for many years.

  1. Lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is the traditional trumpet daffodil that will continue to put out trumpet shaped blooms for generations. This bulb is the species selection that breeders have used over the centuries to give us the large trumpet shaped modern selections.

  2. King Alfred: the actual King Alfred is a selection that is harder to find, and very often gardeners will find bulbs labeled “King Alfred Type” to imply the large yellow/golden trumpet blooms.  Great as an annual bulb for a one time show of large trumpet blooms!

  3. Carlton: a popular large yellow trumpet selection that will often provide 3-5 years of great trumpet shaped blooms

  4. Ice Follies: large white petals and a large yellow trumpet. A very popular selection and often paired with Carlton for a 3-5 year perennial display of trumpet shaped blooms

  5. Any and everything else! There are thousands of daffodil selections in the market, from gold to yellow to white to pink—large, small, and miniature. Experiment and have fun!

Remember, plant now! The number one reason why bulbs don’t survive is that people forget to plant them!