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Daffodil

Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Lent Lily, Wild Daffodil, Averill, Bell rose, Bulrose, Chalice flower, Common daffodil, Daffy-down-dilly, Eggs and bacon, Lent cock, Lent rose, Trumpet narcissus, Yellow crowbell

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A classic sign of Spring, this beautiful flower is native to Western Europe and is often seen in both gardens and woodlands. They're often picked for display indoors throughout the spring period. It makes an excellent food source for bees & other pollinating insects. It is also the official National flower of Wales. Flowers are small, measuring between 4-6cm and these are produced at a height of around 35cm.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Flowers can be picked for ornamental use throughout the flowering period.

Propagation

Division
Remove the offset bulbs when the leaves fade in early summer, then plant just beneath the soil surface immediately where wanted.
Seed
Can be grown from seed, but generally not done as flowering will take 5-7 years from seed.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and bumblebees.

Geography

Origin
Western Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Grown in gardens thought the world for the lovely bright spring flowers.
Cut flower
Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to slugs, narcissus fly, narcissus eelworm, bulb scale mite. May be affected by basal rot.
Slugs
Deroceras sp.

Companion plants

Plant with other spring bulbs.

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