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Narcissus bulbocodium (13) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

hoop petticoat daffodil

Family

Amaryllidaceae


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Division 13 daffodils include all natural species and their varieties and forms

N. bulbocodium is a dwarf bulbous perennial to 15cm in height, with slender, dark green leaves and golden-yellow flowers with large, funnel-shaped trumpets and very narrow perianth segments

Other common names

  • petticoat daffodil

Synonym(s)

  • Corbularia bulbocodium

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by removing offsets as the leaves fade in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to slugs, narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite

Diseases

May be affected by basal rot