Division 5: Triandrus Daffodils

Triandrus Daffodils are normally floriferous; that is, they have more than one blossom per stem. The blossoms are somewhat pendant; i.e. the heads nod or droop slightly. As well, the petals are slightly reflexed (swept-back). With all of these features, Triandrus Daffodils are often said to resemble fuschias.

However, unlike fuschias, Triandrus Daffodils typically are wonderfully fragrant. This, along with their graceful form, makes them outstanding for cut flower arrangements.

Several miniature varieties of Triandrus Daffodils have been developed which are particularly suitable for rock gardens, Fairy Chimes and Hawera, to name two of the most popular.

As stated, most varieties have a delightful 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 (or the early part of late spring)
Plant height:10 - 16" (25 - 40 cm), except for the miniature varieties which have been bred to grow only 6 - 8" (15 - 20 cm) tall
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm); bulbs for miniatures may be planted 4" - 5" (10 - 12 cm) deep
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 4 - 9, though some bulbs may survive in zone 3 with heavy mulch in fall
Colours:white and yellow
Shape/form:usually more than one flower to a stem, head drooping, petals often swept back (reflexed) and of silky texture
Alternate names:none
Notes:good for rock gardens, beds, borders, and as cut flowers; naturalize (i.e. come back year after year, and gradually multiply) splendidly in semi-shady areas
Example varieties:Fairy Chimes (pale yellow, miniature), Hawera* (lemon yellow, miniature), Ice Wings* (pure snow white), Petrel** (white), Stint (yellow), Thalia* (white), Tresamble (white)

Thalia Stint Ice Wings

Petrel Hawera Fairy Chimes

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