Division 8: Tazetta Daffodils

Tazettas are floriferous or bunch flowering daffodils: they produce several blossoms per stem, at a minimum three or four. However, clusters of eighteen or even twenty are not rare.

They are particularly good for planting in the warmer zones, such as in the Deep South, where many other types of daffodils will not flourish. Here they make excellent perennials (i.e. they come back year after year).

In addition, Tazetta Daffodils almost always have a very sweet, musky fragrance, for which they are deservedly prized. I have indicated which varieties are fragrant by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety; those which are particularly fragrant have two asterisks.

Flowering time:mid spring
Plant height:6 - 18" (15 - 46 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 5 - 9
Colours:white or yellow petals, with white, yellow, orange, or red cups
Shape/form:floriferous: usually three to eight blossoms on a strong stem, though 20 is possible
petals (i.e. perianth segments) are rounded and may be somewhat crinkled
cup is very short
Alternate names: Bunch-flowered Daffodils
Poetaz narcissi, which are hybrids between Division 8 and 9, are also included in this Division (eg. varieties such as: Admiration, Cragford, Elvira, Geranium, Red Guard, Scarlet Gem, St. Agnes)
Notes:good for beds, borders, cutting, and indoor forcing
Tazettas are a bit tender and require winter protection in the cooler zones
Example varieties:Avalanche* (white with yellow cup), Canarybird** (yellow with soft orange cup), Cragford** (white with red-orange cup), Falconet** (yellow with orange-red cup), Geranium** (white with orange cup), Golden Dawn* (yellow with yellow-orange cup), Scarlet Gem* (pale yellow with red-orange cup), Silver Chimes* (silver-white)

Geranium Avalanche Silver Chimes


Scarlet Gem Cragford


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