Division 9: Poeticus Daffodils

All of the daffodils in this division have large white petals with small, dainty cups in contrasting colours (such as golden yellow or lime green).

They all naturalize beautifully (naturalize = come back year after year and slowly multiply). Some Poeticus Daffodils are known to have been growing in the same garden, with very little care, for generations!

When planting Poeticus bulbs, take advantage of the fact that they finish off the Narcissi flowering season. They work well when planted along side other late blooming bulbs, such as Lily-flowering Tulips, Fringed Tulips, or Double Late Tulips.

Most varieties of Poeticus Daffodils have a wonderful spicy fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety.

Flowering time:late spring: Poeticus Daffodils are noted for being the last narcissi to flower
Plant height:12 - 16" (30 - 40 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 3 - 8
Colours:the petals are pure white

the cup may be a single colour (e.g. green or yellow), but is more often golden yellow rimmed with red, and has a green eye

Shape/form:petals are large, while cup is small and flat
usually one flower to a stem
Alternate names:none
Notes:good for borders or as cut flowers
Example varieties:Actaea* (snow white petals with golden yellow cup, edged in red, green eye), Cantabile* (white with deep green eye, rimmed with yellow and red), Felindre (white star-shaped petals, yellow cup with red rim, green eye), Green Pearl* (overlapping white petals, white cup, green eye), Pheasant's Eye* = Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus (same colouring as Actaea, but slightly smaller flowers and petals are less "tight")

Actaea Green Pearl Pheasant's Eye

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