Division 2: Long Cup Daffodils

The term Long Cup refers to the cup (corona) of the daffodil. In Division 2, the cup isn't as long as the trumpet of Division 1 Daffodils (Trumpet Daffodils), but it is longer than the cup of Division 3 Daffodils (Short Cup Daffodils).

This is by far the most popular of all the divisions. Over 40% of all daffodil varieties cultivated are Long Cup Daffodils. Their popularity is well deserved. These daffodils have:

Who wouldn't want daffodils like these in their garden? Apparently everyone does!

A few varieties have a fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety. Those which are particularly fragrant have two asterisks.

Flowering time:mid-spring
Plant height:12 - 20" (30 - 50 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones:most are suitable for zones 3 - 7

However, a few varieties are also suitable for warmer zones:
Zones 3 - 8: Accent, Gigantic Star, Ice Follies, and Pink Charm;
Zones 3 - 9: Carlton* and Saint Keverne.

Colours:white, yellow, or orange petals, with white, yellow, pink, peach, salmon, apricot, orange or red cup; may have yellow, orange, or red rims, green eye, and/or green overtones
Shape/form:the cup (corona) is more than one third (but not equal to) the length of the petals (i.e. the perianth segments)
there is only one flower to a sterm
Alternate names:Large Cup Daffodils, Large-Cupped Narcissi
Notes:good for beds, borders, as cut flowers, for indoor forcing, and for showing
will naturalize well
Example varieties:Accent (white with salmon pink cup), Ambergate (amber orange with red cup), Avalon (yellow and white, becoming buff, with white cup), Camelot (yellow), Carlton* (two toned yellow), Flower Record (white with yellow cup, red rim), Fortissimo (golden yellow with dark orange cup), Fragrant Rose** (white with pink cup, pale green at base), Gigantic Star (saffron yellow), Ice Follies (white with lemon yellow cup, matures to white), Kissproof (pale yellow with red cup), Louise de Coligny** (white with frilled cup of pale yellow shading to apricot-pink), Mon Cherie (cream with peachy-pink cup), Pink Charm (white with ivory cup, banded with coral-pink ruffled edge), Professor Einstein (white with orange-red cup), Romance (white with rose-pink cup), Saint Keverne (yellow), Saint Patrick's Day (lemon yellow with hint of green and yellow cup, matures to white, with yellow rim), Salome (ivory with apricot cup, rimmed with gold), Scarlet O'Hara (yellow with red cup), White Plume (white with frilled white cup)

Accent Salome Ice Follies


Fortissimo Juanita Carlton


Romance Flower Record Professor Einstein


Avalon St. Patrick's Day Kissproof


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