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A picture of a Chinese Sacred Lily

Chinese Sacred Lily

Narcissus tazetta

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

3cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Overview

Narcissus tazetta is a tall, 'bunch-flowered' daffodil that can have up to 20 small flowers clustered on one stem. It has a strong fragrance and is one of the daffodil types often referred to as 'Narcissi'. It has flat, white, outer sepals surrounding small, yellow, cup-shaped, trumpet flowers. Narcissus tazetta (also known as Chinese Sacred Lily) is a popular cut flower and often grown or 'forced' indoors during winter or spring. Outside, plant Narcissus tazetta bulbs - 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. No need to water, unless the weather is very dry - they prefer a dry soil so always provide good drainage when planting - especially on heavy soils.

Common problems

Propagation

Bulbs

Division

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Winter colour

Indoor plant

Keep cool (under 15C) - doesn't respond well to warm growing conditions.