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Narcissus bulbocodium - The Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

The small growing Hoop Petticoat Daffodils (Narcissus bulbocodium) may not have the largest flowers of the Daffodils, they do however have some of the most elegant. Small petals (perianth) and a large trumpet (corona) are the characteristics.

Generally reaching around 6 inches tall (15cm) if you do decide to try them you will fall in love with them. The species are wonderful and some of the hybrids (cultivars) are exciting and eye-catching. The flower range from deep yellows though to translucent shades of white and lemon.

Narcissus bulbocodium planting depth

Although the general rule for planting bulbs is 1.5 times the bulbs height the colder the climate the deeper you need to plant. So 1 inch (2.5cm) in warm climates with no freezes and 4 inches (10cm) in colder climates.

Generally seen as growing well in zones 5 - 9, with a little care we think that this can eaily be extented to includes zones 3 - 9.

After flowering

Remember to deadhead cultivars (hybrids) and save the seeds for species. Foliage needs to be allowed to die back before removing. If you have naturalised Narcissus bulbocodium into turf, mow around them until foliage has died back.

Clumps will need to be lifted every few years to maintain vigour.

 

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