Narcissus cyclamineus

Flowering now - narcissus cyclamineus hybrids

Flowering now - narcissus cyclamineus hybrids

If ever there was a reason to learn how to grow plants from seed, these little charmers are it. You can’t expect to buy these from your local plant shop. In common language, dwarf daffodils or botanically, narcissus cyclamineus. That last word just means that they are part of the group where the skirt of petals is completely reflexed as if the flower is a force 10 gale. In the wild they come from north west Portugal and Spain and are endangered. They are not endangered in our garden where we love them for winter cheer, though many that we grow are hybrids. They are classified as dwarf, not miniature, because they are on stems around 15 to 20cm long. Flowering long before the large, modern daffodils, we find they are nowhere near as susceptible to the nasty narcissi fly which can lay its eggs in the crown of the bulb (so the larvae hatch and eat out the bulb). The silver leafed plants beside are a wide leafed hybrid of our native mountain daisy or celmisia.