Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

pheasent's eye daffodil

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Outstanding Qualities

Pheasant's eye narcissus is one of the last of the narcissus to bloom in the late spring. The tall flowers stems gracefully hold a single bloom well above the foliage. The broad white petals gently recurve back framing the bright yellow central cup. This "eye" of the pheasant is highlighted by the thin red edge bringing the flower to life. When planted in mass the delightful fragrance wafts through the air on a warm spring day, cut the stems to bring the fragrance indoor on long lasting blooms.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold variegated

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Narcissus grows best in full sun, although light shade is acceptable. Plant the bulbs in well-drained soil, although they will tolerate sand and clay. Once established Narcissus is drought tolerant. Faded flowers can be removed but do not cut the foliage back until it yellows in early June. New bulbs can be planted in the fall, large clumps can be divided and replanted once the foliage starts to yellow. Narcissus generally does not need to be divided and old clumps can give a spectacular show in the spring.