Narcissus x medioluteus
March offers many opportunities for garden color, but as April approaches, daffodil blooms become scarce. One April blooming narcissus, N. x medioluteus (also called "Twin Sisters" or "April Beauty") affords the opportunity of a late bloom and varying colors other than the traditional yellow. Each bulb of this rapid multiplier sends up a flower stalk bearing two to three blooms of white petals and a yellow cup, offering a sweet fragrance.
Narcissus x medioluteus also goes by the name "April Beauty," and was grown by some of the earliest gardeners in America. It is a hybrid of Narcissus poeticus, sometimes called 'Pheasant's Eye.' This descriptive term is used to describe the dramatic color of the inner cup. When found in the "wild" it often is lost competing with the April explosion of weeds. However, in the garden or a maintained flower bed, it really is afforded the opportunity to shine!