Daffodils III / Narcissus

narcmintjulep (300x298)Narcissus ‘Mint Julep’ (Division 3 / Short-Cupped Narcissus) – A daffodil for the Irish with pale yellow petals (with some green highlights) and a short deep yellow cup with a green eye. It is a 2005 RHS Award of Garden Merit winner bred by Brian Duncan and produces one flower per stem. Usually blooms in late April. Grows 16-18″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narcactaea (299x300)Narcissus ‘Actaea’ (Division 9 / Poeticus Narcissus) This Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil is a 1993 RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and bears pure white petals with a tiny yellow cup rimmed in a fiery reddish-orange. ‘Actaea’ is a great Narcissus for naturalizing as the bulbs readily multiply. Blooms late April into May. Fragrant. Grows 15-18″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narcmodernart (291x300)Narcissus ‘Modern Art’ (Division 2 / Large-Cupped Narcissus) – A daffodil that lives up to its name with unusual blooms of pure yellow petals highly contrasted by a ruffled, almost double (looking like an Elizabethan collar) cup of bright orange. It bears one flower per stem, blooming in mid spring and makes an interesting cut flower. Grows 14-16″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narcglacier (297x300)Narcissus ‘Glacier’ (Division 1 / Large-Cupped or Trumpet Narcissus) – A hard to find Narcissus with pure white petals and a white frilled trumpet with a yellow throat. It’s pollen parent was ‘Broughshane’, a multiple award-winning trumpet daffodil with blue-green foliage. Plant in minimal groups of 5 bulbs for small bouquet-like displays. Grows 18″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

narcscarletgem (300x293)Narcissus ‘Scarlet Gem’ (Division 8 / Tazetta Narcissus) – The sweetly fragrant blooms of ‘Scarlet Gem’ are borne in clusters (up to 4-6 blooms per stem) with pale yellow petals punctuated with a short dark orange cup. It flowers in mid April and naturalizes well. This daffodil was introduced in the early 1900′s and is deer resistant. Grows to 14″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

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