Different Varieties of Daffodils You Should Be Familiar with and Cultivate


When it comes to daffodils, there are eight main types that every gardener should know and grow. These beautiful flowers can add a splash of color to your garden and bring a smile to your face. Whether you’re a master gardener or just starting out, there is a daffodil variety here for you.

One of the most common types of daffodils is the trumpet daffodil. These daffodils have a large, open cup that is often a contrasting color to the petals. They come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to vibrant yellow, and everything in between. If you’re a fan of white daffodils, you might also want to check out the double daffodils, which have extra petals and a fuller blossom.

If you prefer a more delicate look, you’ll love the jonquilla daffodils. These daffodils have small, narrow leaves and a little cup that is usually a shade of yellow or white. They have a sweet fragrance and are known for their dainty appearance. Another daffodil that is perfect for smaller gardens is the cyclamineus daffodil. These daffodils have downward-facing petals that look like windswept hair. They are a little shorter than other daffodils and are great for planting in rock gardens or along the front of flower beds.

The Heavenly All-White Narcissus Mixture

The Heavenly All-White Narcissus Mixture is a stunning collection of daffodils that showcase their beautiful white blossoms. With their elegant foliage and delicate appearance, these daffodils are sure to add a touch of grace and elegance to any garden.

One of the star varieties in this mixture is the ‘Ariel’ daffodil. These plants are typically more compact, making them ideal for the front of garden beds. They have large, white petals and a small, trumpet-like crown. Another great choice is the ‘Bridal Crown’ daffodil, which features fully double white blooms with a touch of yellow at the center.

If you’re looking for a classic white daffodil, the ‘Scilly White’ is a wonderful option. This variety has a single white cup and petals that open from a narrow, star-shaped bloom. The ‘Poeticus Triandrus’ daffodil is another beautiful choice, with its pure white petals and broad, frilled cup.

For those who prefer a dainty and delicate white daffodil, the ‘Actaea’ is a must-have. With its narrow, white petals and small cup, this type adds a touch of charm to any garden. If you’re looking for a white daffodil that blooms earlier in the season, the ‘Toto’ daffodil is an excellent choice. Its small, white blossoms are perfect for cutting and bringing indoors.

No matter which white daffodil you choose, they all prefer well-drained soils and bloom best in zones 3-8. They are very easy to grow and require minimal care. These daffodils are known for their longevity, with blooms lasting a long time. Whether you’re planning to plant them in containers or in the ground, the Heavenly All-White Narcissus Mixture is a great choice to add elegance to any garden.

Types of Daffodils to Know and Grow

There are many types of daffodils that make a beautiful addition to any garden. Daffodils are a diverse group of plants, ranging from small and delicate to large and showy. They come in a variety of colors and bloom times, making them a popular choice for both experienced and novice gardeners.

One popular type of daffodil is the trumpet daffodil. This type has a single large flower with a trumpet-shaped center. The trumpet can be a different color than the rest of the flower, creating a striking contrast. The ‘Actaea’ daffodil is a type of trumpet daffodil that is known for its elegant and fragrant blooms.

Another type of daffodil is the split cup daffodil. As the name suggests, this type of daffodil has a cup that is split into two or more segments. This gives the flower a unique and eye-catching appearance. The ‘Scilly’ daffodil is a popular split cup variety that features a white flower with a yellow and orange cup.

Cyclamineus daffodils are another type to consider. These daffodils have petals that reflex backwards, giving them a windblown appearance. They are often some of the earliest daffodils to bloom and their bright yellow blooms can add a touch of sunshine to any garden. The ‘Minnow’ daffodil is a popular cyclamineus variety that is known for its petite size and charming bloom.

If you’re looking for a daffodil with a more double flower, consider growing a tazetta daffodil. Tazetta daffodils have multiple layers of petals that give them a ruffled appearance. They are also known for their strong fragrance and are a popular choice for indoor forcing. The ‘Bridal Crown’ daffodil is a tazetta variety that has large, white flowers with yellow centers.

For those who prefer a more natural and wild look, triandrus daffodils are a great choice. These daffodils have slender petals that reflex backwards, giving them a delicate and graceful appearance. They are often found growing in drifts in meadows or woodland gardens. The ‘Hawer’ daffodil is a triandrus variety that features clusters of small, delicate flowers that nod gracefully.

When it comes to planting daffodils, they are generally a low-maintenance plant. They prefer well-draining soil and should be planted in a sunny or partially shaded location. The depth of planting will depend on the size of the bulb, but a general rule of thumb is to plant them at a depth of two to three times the height of the bulb. Daffodils should be watered regularly during the growing season and the foliage should be allowed to die back naturally before cutting it back.

In conclusion, there are many types of daffodils to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics. Whether you prefer a large, showy bloom or a delicate and fragrant flower, there is a daffodil variety that will suit your tastes. Daffodils are easy to grow and can add a touch of elegance and heavenly beauty to any garden or indoor space. So why not plant a collection of these beautiful flowers and enjoy their smiles year after year?

Choose From Many Flower Styles Colors and Bloom Times

When it comes to daffodils, there are many different flower styles, colors, and bloom times to choose from. Whether you’re a daffodil enthusiast or just starting to learn about these beautiful flowers, it’s important to know the different types of narcissi available.

One popular type is the jonquilla daffodil, known for its smaller size and delicate blooms. If you know you want a longer bloom time, you might choose the jonquilla daffodil as your go-to flower. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a daffodil that will bloom early in the season, the jonquilla daffodil is a great choice.

Another option for daffodil lovers is the all-white daffodil. This variety, also known as the Poeticus daffodil, has a split corona and petals that are typically white. Since these daffodils bloom later in the season, they are better suited for planting in the fall.

For a burst of color in your garden, consider the Tazetta daffodils. These flowers come in a variety of colors and blossom in clusters. Many Tazetta daffodils have a pleasant scent, making them a popular choice for both gardeners and florists.

If you’re looking for daffodils with unique flower styles, the double-nosed and triandrus types are worth considering. Double-nosed daffodils have multiple layers of petals, giving them a fuller appearance. Triandrus daffodils, on the other hand, have narrow petals that flare out, resembling a star.

There are also daffodils that come in shades other than yellow or white. The ‘Bridal Crown’ daffodil, for example, features white petals with a yellow center. Another option is the ‘Minnow’ daffodil, which has white petals with a peachy-orange cup.

No matter what type of daffodil you choose, you can enjoy their beautiful blooms and smiles in the garden. These perennial flowers will come back year after year, adding a splash of color to your landscape.

Depending on the variety, daffodils can bloom at different times throughout the year. Some daffodils bloom early in the spring, while others bloom later in the season. There are even daffodils that can be forced to bloom in the winter, bringing some cheer to the colder months.

Whether you’re a novice gardener or an experienced one, daffodils are a wonderful and easy choice for adding beauty and color to your garden. With so many different types to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try growing your own daffodils from seedlings. This allows you to create your own unique varieties of daffodils, adding even more variety and interest to your garden.

So go ahead and explore the world of daffodils. With their wide range of flower styles, colors, and bloom times, you’re sure to find the perfect daffodil for your garden!

Trumpet or Long Cup

In the world of daffodils, there are many types to know and grow. One of the most popular and easy-to-grow varieties is the Trumpet or Long Cup daffodil. These daffodils feature a long, trumpet-shaped corona that can vary in color from white to yellow and even orange. The corona is surrounded by six petals, known as the perianth, which can come in a variety of colors and patterns.

One of the longest-blooming daffodils is the ‘Ariel’ variety, which blooms from early to late spring. Its large, white corona contrasts beautifully with its deep yellow perianth, making it a standout in any garden. Another excellent variety is the ‘Actaea’, which has an elegant, star-shaped corona that is a snowy white.

The ‘Toto’ daffodil is a double-nose variety, meaning it has two corona layers instead of one. This creates a fuller, more dramatic bloom and adds depth to any flower arrangement. The ‘Toto’ daffodil is an all-white variety, making it a classic and versatile choice for any garden.

If you’re looking for a fragrant daffodil, consider the ‘White Crown’ variety. This daffodil has a sweet and spicy scent that will fill your garden with delightful fragrance. Its white corona and yellow perianth make for a beautiful combination.

For an elegant and unique daffodil, the ‘Jonquilla’ narcissus is a great choice. This variety has multiple blooms per stem and features small, star-shaped flowers in yellow or white. The ‘Jonquilla’ narcissus is known for its strong fragrance and is a favorite of many gardeners.

Another diverse group of daffodils is the ‘Cyclamineus’ variety. These daffodils have swept-back petals and a corona that resembles a wind-blown cyclamen flower. One popular example is the ‘Minnow’, which has delicate, pale yellow petals and a small, light coral corona.

The ‘Poeticus’ daffodil is also worth mentioning. This variety is known for its pure white petals and small, red-rimmed cup. It blooms later in the spring, making it a great choice for extending the daffodil season. Its unique appearance and sweet fragrance are sure to bring smiles to any garden.

As you can see, there are plenty of Trumpet or Long Cup daffodils to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics. Whether you prefer large blooms, fragrant flowers, or diverse colors, there is a daffodil for everyone. No matter which varieties you choose, these daffodils are sure to brighten up your garden and bring joy year after year.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.