Division 10: Bulbocodium Hybrids

All of the varieties in this division are hybrids derived from the wild species Narcissus bulbocodium. This species of daffodil looks something like an old fashioned megaphone, since the petals are so tiny that they are insignificant by comparison to the trumpet:

Narcissus bulbocodium

This is also the species which is sometimes familiarly referred to as Hoop Petticoat.

None of the daffodils in this division is particularly showy in terms of colour, form, or fragrance, and none of them looks very much like a traditional daffodil. You have be adventurous, and willing to try something different to plant a Bulbocodium Hybrid.

In addition, they are not that easy to find. "Golden Bells" and "Kenellis" are the only varieties that show up at all regularly in catalogues. I suggest that you start your search with some on-line catalogues like McClure & Zimmerman, or Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

Flowering time:mid to late spring
Plant height:5 - 12" (12 - 30 cm)
Minimum planting depth:4" (10 cm0
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 4 - 9
Colours:white and yellow
Shape/form:small (sometimes puny!) petals, with a disproportionately large trumpet
usually one flower to a stem
Alternate names:none
Notes:1. good for heirloom gardens, and as cut flowers
2. plant beside a path, in a rock garden, or at the front of a border, where they can easily be seen close to
3. most will naturalize (i.e. come back year after year and gradually multiply) very easily
Example varieties:Elfhorn (yellow), Golden Bells (yellow), Kenellis (white petals and pale yellow cup), Spoirot (white)

Spoirot Kenellis Golden Bells


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