Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus This is an old bulb (naturally occurring species with recordings dating back to 1600) that has proven itself reliable in zones 4-8.
The Narcissus 'Pheasant's Eye’ bulb provides your garden with a colorful and unique bloom. The flat white petals surround one of the most colorful centers. The yellow center has a green eye but the tip of the center is outlined in red! These large bulbs produce lovely blooms that make your yard or garden the center of attention.
Blooms: The Narcissus 'Pheasant's Eye' will adorn your May garden with its late blooms. The white flowy petals surround a small center yellow cup that has a red outline on the edge to demand attention. These large daffodils look great planted en masse or among other daffodils or tulips. The blooms have a lovely fresh fragrance. The petals will fade to an off-white as they age giving your flowers a completely new look. These look great in a vase of flowers on your table.
Plant: Plant the bulb like most daffodils in 6+ hours of winter sun, well-drained soil, avoid standing water, and avoiding too much competition. Plant the bulbs about 2-3 times the size of the bulb (so if the bulb is 1 inch long, plant it 2-3 inches deep). If you are farther north and get very cold during the winter, you may want to plant it about 4-6 inches deep. Space the holes about 3-6 inches apart, and for a more natural looking display, consider planting 2-3 bulbs in each hole.
Landscaping Tip: Narcissus bloom at different times so as one daffodil is ending its bloom time another is just beginning. We like to say that "there is a bulb that blooms every week of the year in warmer climates." Your garden can have consistent flowers that you can enjoy inside or outside for months and carry you all the way from February through April.
Fragrance: This Narcissus has a light, sweet fragrance. This fragrance can add an extra dimension of beauty to the flower and make it more attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies.
The Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulb looks very similar to the Narcissus 'Pheasant's Eye'. We will discuss the difference below.
'Actaea': blooms in April, wider petals, works in any kind of well-drained soil
'Pheasant's Eye': blooms in May, smaller petals, works best in damper soil conditions or water more often