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Narcissus

Narcissus is the botanical name of a beautiful spring flowering bulb. The common name is Daffodil. Narcissus is touted as the most popular spring flower. Narcissus attains a height of approximately three inches to two feet. Bulbs are available in orange, pink, apricot, red, white and yellow. Narcissus thrives in almost any garden soil and requires sun or light shade. The planting time for Narcissus bulbs is September or October. The dwarf Narcissus is best suited to rockeries, urns, beds and bordering edges of gardens. The taller Narcissus is well suited to grassland, garden beds or under trees.

Narcissus

Narcissus has a central trumpet or cup which is referred to as the corona of the plant. The corona of the Narcissus is surrounded with six petals. The three outer petals are referred to as sepals and the three inner petals are referred to as petals. The image below depicts a Double Narcissi.

Double Narcissus

Narcissus are divided into thirteen groups, they include: Trumpet Daffodils, Large-cupped Narcissi, Small-Cupped Narcissi, Double Narcissi, Triandrus Narcissi, Cyclamineus Narcissi, Jonquilla Narcissi, Tazetta (Poetaz or Bunch-flowered) Narcissi, Poeticus (Poet's) Narcissi, Bulbocodium Daffodils, Split-corona Narcissi, Miscellaneous Narcissi, and Wild Variants and Wild Hybrids.

The American Daffodil Society is a wonderful site dedicated to each aspect of this phenomenal plant. Please click here to learn more about Narcissus including images of each division of this amazing bulb.

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