What You Need to Know About the Narcissus – Amaryllidaceae

The narcissus genus is enormous and varied in both size and flower form, ranging from tiny, 4 in. (10 cm) high, dwarf types to traditional, tall, garden varieties of 2 ft. (60 cm) high. The species originates from a range of places, including North Africa and the Mediterranean, China and Japan. Many daffodils or narcissi can be brought inside to flower with great success, especially in a cool, well-lit porch or conservatory, away from frosts and high winds.

The flowers come in yellow, white, orange, cream, and more recently, pink, and can be single or clustered, with single or double petals. Recommended vari­eties include: N. ‘Bridal Crown’ 12—18 in. (30—45 cm) high, cream, double; N. papyraceus (also known as the paper-white narcissus), 12—18 in. (30—45 cm) high, white, highly scented; N. ‘Sundial,’ 6—12 in. (15—30 cm) high, yellow, wide-flowered; N. ‘Tête-à-tête,’ 6—12 in. (15—30 cm) high, yellow, multi-headed.

Size: See individual species.

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Keep cool; 60—65°F (16—18°C).

Moisture: Keep moist.

Feeding: Not necessary.

Propagation: These bulbs will repro­duce naturally.