Daffodils are a group of flowering plant in the Amaryllis family. They are one of the most carefree of all spring-flowers. Growing almost anywhere, they are not bothered by deer or rodents. Blooming reliably for generations, they return every spring in greater numbers!
Flowers come in many different shapes, sizes and color combinations. The American Daffodil Society classifies daffodils by their flower shape, and there are officially 13 different classifications. Who knew ! There are several groups of dwarfs which we will focus on here.
WE LOVE THE MINI’S
Don’t fall for the trap that bigger is better. Everything about the dwarf daffodils is delicate and refined – from their button like cups to their grass like leaves. Many are intensely fragrant. What they lack in bloom size, they can make up in the sheer number of flowers. They are the perfect size for a city garden!
There are several groups of small daffodils – but some wont survive in our cold winters (as I write this its 26*F). The Tazetta group for example, which includes the popular indoor paper whites.
But here are some that do !
Called the petticoat daffodil or hoop-petticoat daffodil, is a species native to southern and western France, Portugal, and Spain.
These are easy to recognize. Most varieties have reflexed petals (pulled back) and small, narrow cups. They are shade tolerant and good for forcing. They bloom in early spring and are shorter than most other daffodils. “Tete A Tete” is one of my favorites. This one comes from North West Portugal and North West Spain.
Known as jonquil or rush daffodil, it is from Spain and Portugal. It has long, narrow, rush-like leaves (hence the name jonquil, Spanish junquillo, from the Latin juncus – ‘rush’). In late spring it bears heads of up to five scented yellow or white flowers.
Cultivated since the 18th century in France, it has the strongest of the Narcissus species narcissus oil – a component of many modern perfumes.
The “Angels tears’” daffodil comes to us from France, Spain and Portugal. It has strongly reflexed (turned back) perianth segments, with two or more flowers per stem. The blossoms are typically downward-facing petals. Many varieties are fragrant.
Why not put some in your garden this Spring!
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Article written by our Staff Horticulturist, Peter B Morris, BSc, MSc, MBA
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