Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’

minature daffodil

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Nothing trumpets the arrival of spring like the early blooming miniature daffodils. The delightful Narcissus Tête-à-têtepositively glows in the late winter garden. Its 2.5-inch golden-yellow flowers nod atop a sturdy 12-inch stem in the awakening boarder. Planting 'Tête-à-tête bulbs in groups makes for a natural look in the landscape. Hostas and deciduous ornamental grasses are a good combination because they will cover/disguise the foliage of the Narcissus as it dies back by early June.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

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.