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Narcissus and Daffodils

Narcissus Paperwhite 'Ziva' - 3 bulbs

$8.00

The lovely paperwhite performs well as an annual in the South and has several large flowers on each stem. 'Ziva' has a strong spicy scent.  Supplies are extremely limited, so order yours now!  These bulbs are great for forcing, so plant...

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Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or' - 5 bulbs

$15.00

Yes, these colorful blooms are to be forced indoors, and they will bring a smile to anyone's face! These have lovely yellow petals with bright orange cups in the center, and they grow tall at 15"-19". They feel like you have brought a piece of sunshine...

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Narcissus 'Wintersun' - 4 bulbs

$12.00

What makes these forcing bulbs different from our other paperwhites besides that this one is sold as four bulbs? These are a soft white with a yellow center, and they grow taller than any of the other paperwhites! They feel like you have brought a piece...

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Narcissus 'Fortune' - 10 bulbs

$20.00

Brightly colored trumpet shaped blooms. I know why I like it. Have you ever been to the Dallas Arboretum in the spring time? Jimmy Turner has a great program called Dallas Blooms every March and April. It was when I was touring the arboretum with Jimmy...

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Narcissus tazetta 'Erlicheer' - 10 bulbs

$20.00

A double flowered tazetta packed with fragrance and long lasting cut flowers. Tightly clustered rosettes of creamy white petals that perfume an entire garden with a sweet smell in the latter part of the spring. It is very similar in form to, and could...

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Narcissus 'Jetfire' - 10 bulbs

$20.00

Elegant swept back petals on small compact plants. After six years with The Southern Bulb Company, some Narcissus have made a huge impression on me even though I have not seen them in some of the most historic sites. I feel as if these beauties must be...

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Narcissus tazetta 'Falconet' - 10 bulbs

$20.00

A brightly colored multi-flowering Narcissus great for forcing in the spring. Have you longed to force a daffodil for the spring season? Then I first suggest you read our section on forcing for paperwhites and then apply the same basic principles to...

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Narcissus 'Thalia' - 10 bulbs

$18.00

One of our favorite white daffodil flowers is 'Thalia', a late white daffodil that means that spring is wrapping up and we're heading into summer.  Narcissus triandrus 'Thalia' conditions are similar to most daffodils: full winter sun, well...

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Narcissus 'February Gold' - 10 bulbs

$26.00

This early blooming daffodil signals spring, and every year I am warmed to see its cheery blooms so early. We cherish it also for it large cupped shape bloom, reminiscent of the more traditional large cupped daffodils. Every year, they come back in our...

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Narcissus 'Carlton' - 5 bulbs

$10.00

'Carlton' is our best chance for a large, repeating, yellow trumpet shaped daffodil. Middle to upper-South residents enjoy this bulb year after year. It rings the nostalgic "daffodil" note that so many long for in their gardens. Plant with 'Ice Follies'...

Narcissus 'Kedron' - 6 bulbs

$15.00

Kedron is an old fashioned jonquil hybrid we are happy to introduce into our catalog this year!  It is an old fashioned selection with dark yellow petals and an orange cup that was bred by Willis Wheeler, a mid 20th century daffodil breeder and...

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Narcissus 'Ice Follies' - 5 bulbs

$10.00

Beautiful white petals with large yellow cups. An old friend once told me that 'Ice Follies' looks good by itself, and so does 'Carlton' but when you put the two together you get the show of a lifetime. That person was right. 'Ice Follies' is one of the...

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Narcissus 'W.P. Milner' - 10 bulbs

$20.00

We are very often asked for naturalizing Narcissus that still retain more a traditional trumpet daffodil shape. W.P. Milner helps us bridge that gap! This mid 19th century introduction has pale yellow flowers that fade to white. Like many of our...

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All daffodils are in the genus Narcissus, so why do we refer to some by their species name “tazetta” and others we simply call “daffodils”?  It is an issue of common word usage in our modern garden vernacular.

Narcissus tazetta flowers have smaller cups, but a LOT more of them. Outer petals can be white, yellow, or orange and the inner cup can be white, yellow, or orange, and there can be many combinations in between. The “tazetta” group is valued because most bulbs in this category are great perennials, and a gardener can choose selections that bloom in December, January, February, and March! Common selections include:

  1. November/December/January (depending on the weather): Chinese sacred lilies (Narcissus tazetta orientalis). This wonderfully fragrant flower is used to celebrate the new year in many cultures!

  2. January: Italicus (Narcissus tazetta italicus).  This reliable January bloomer is found in old Spanish and French settlements across Louisiana, and does well in our Zone 8 each year near Tyler, TX. It brightens up our farm in spectacular ways!

  3. January/February: Double Roman (Narcissus tazetta romanus). The double form of the Chinese sacred lily, this somewhat more frost-sensitive selection packs a fragrance and form that is other-worldly.  

  4. February/March: Grand Primo (Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo). One of the toughest, most reliable bloomers, this stalwart belongs in every temperate climate garden.  More resistant to freeze damage than many of the other tazetta bulbs.

Daffodils are Narcissus that have larger, more elongated cups, and are what the public often associates with spring.  They are more prone to “fizzle out” after 3-5 years, but some selections provide large blooms for many years.

  1. Lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is the traditional trumpet daffodil that will continue to put out trumpet shaped blooms for generations. This bulb is the species selection that breeders have used over the centuries to give us the large trumpet shaped modern selections.

  2. King Alfred: the actual King Alfred is a selection that is harder to find, and very often gardeners will find bulbs labeled “King Alfred Type” to imply the large yellow/golden trumpet blooms.  Great as an annual bulb for a one time show of large trumpet blooms!

  3. Carlton: a popular large yellow trumpet selection that will often provide 3-5 years of great trumpet shaped blooms

  4. Ice Follies: large white petals and a large yellow trumpet. A very popular selection and often paired with Carlton for a 3-5 year perennial display of trumpet shaped blooms

  5. Any and everything else! There are thousands of daffodil selections in the market, from gold to yellow to white to pink—large, small, and miniature. Experiment and have fun!

Remember, plant now! The number one reason why bulbs don’t survive is that people forget to plant them!