Division 3: Short Cup Daffodils

As the name implies, these daffodils have cups (i.e. trumpets) that are relatively small and shallow. Specifically, Short Cup Daffodils are defined as having a cup whose length is equal to or less than one third the height of the surrounding petals.

This group of daffodils is noted for their brilliant colours: the cups can be snow white, golden yellow, lime green, salmon, coral, orange, or vermillion red. They are a wonderful addition to any cut flower arrangement.

Short Cup Daffodils are also very good naturalizers; in other words, they will come back year after year and gradually multiply.

Short Cup Daffodils are sometimes commercially not as widely available as other varieties of daffodils. If you have difficulties finding them, try some of the on-line catalogues. I suggest that you start with: McClure & Zimmerman, Brent and Becky's Bulbs, or Fraser's Thimble Farms.

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

Flowering time:early spring
Plant height:12 - 18" (30 - 46 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 3 - 9
Colours:white, yellow or orange petals with white, yellow, green, salmon, coral, orange, or red cup; may have a green eye and rims in red or yellow
Shape/form:corona (cup) not more than one third the height of the perianth segments (petals)
only one flower to a stem
Alternate names:Small Cup Daffodils
Notes:excellent as cut flowers; good for beds and borders
Example varieties:Barrett Browning (white with orange-red cup), Birma (yellow with red cup), Dreamlight (white with white cup, red center and green eye), Edna Earle* (white with yellow and dark orange cup), Merlin* (white with yellow cup, red rim), Mint Julep (pale yellow with yellow cup, green eye), Polar Ice (white), Queen of the North (white with pale yellow cup), Sabine Hay (coppery orange with red cup), Seagull (white with yellow cup and orange rim)Sinopel* (white with lime green cup, yellow rim)

Birma Sabine Hay


Edna Earl Sinopel


Queen of the North Seagull


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