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A picture of a Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

Narcissus bulbocodium (10 Group)

Also known as

Petticoat Daffodil

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Hoop Petticoat Daffodil Overview

Narcisssus bulbocodium is a small, bulbous plant that has slender, dark green leaves and in mid-spring, solitary, golden-yellow flowers. An unusually shaped daffodil, it has large, funnel-shaped trumpets and narrow yellow sepals. Petticoat Daffodil or Hoop Petticoat Daffodil as this one is also known, can be naturalised in grassy areas and planted in a wide variety of garden situations, including containers. Narcisssus bulbocodium bulbs should be planted - two to three times as deep as the bulb is long - in borders or containers, in autumn, on a shallow layer of gravel or grit. They will flower best in a sunny position and like a slightly acidic growing medium. They prefer moist soil during the growing season but will die if too wet when dormant, so always provide good drainage when planting - especially on heavy soils.

Common problems with Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

How to propagate Hoop Petticoat Daffodil


As the leaves die back in early summer, lift bulbs and remove offsets.


Special features of Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

This low maintenance delicate bulb suits being grown in beds and borders of cottage gardens, as well as urban courtyards. It makes a stunning addition to wildflower meadows, but is equally at home in rock gardens and containers.