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The Original Poet's Daffodil: Actaea is a true heirloom that's perfect for naturalizing. Flowers are pure white with a yellow cup edged in red. Sweet fragrance. (Narcissus poeticus recurvus)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 16" tall
Bulb Spacing6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late spring
Size Bag of 8 - Bulb Size: 14-16 cm
SKU 8DAF8

Plant Information

If you want an authentically wild' look, but also a spectacular display, this is the one. The Poet's Daffodils are among the oldest members of the flower kingdom, a true heirloom species, very close to the true wild form. (Most true species daffodils, the real 'wildflowers' that have been hybridized for years, are very small plants, but this one is strong and tall with large flowers.) Since it is so ancient, it is one of the most perennial daffodils of them all. Once you plant them, you'll have them forever.

It's fitting that when Linnaeus, the famous early scientist who invented Latin botanical nomenclature, named this flower, he christened it Narcissus poeticus recurvus. He simply decided that this is the one that best represents the early poet's story of Narcissus, the famous handsome youth from Greek mythology. Remember Narcissus? He was the young man who was so handsome he fell in love with himself while gazing into a reflecting pool. Today we know that the whole family of daffodils ended up being called 'narcissus', but the 'poeticus' in the name of this one is the direct connection to the early myths, and an official historic tribute to the incredible beauty of this particular flower. Of course, the myth of Narcissus gives us modern psychology's 'Narcissus complex', and men who are very vain are still called 'narcissistic.'

In botanical history, however, a great story and a great name don't necessarily point to a great plant for today. But in this case, they certainly do, especially for gardeners who love really beautiful flowers that take absolutely no care.

There are only a handful of choices among 'Poet's Daffodils'; they are so unique they create their own category among Dutch daffodil types. One is called 'Old Pheasant's Eye' for obvious reasons. But we chose 'Actaea' since we think it's a bit more beautiful. Both have the stunningly-colored short center cup in brilliant contrast colors against the flat background of pure white petals. You'll love this daffodil.

View the Poet's Daffodil in the Wild Click on the following link, and you'll be transported to the Ukraine, and 'The Valley of the Narcissi', the ancestral home of this incredible wildflower. Over 600 acres have been protected, and they are a sea of Poet's Daffodils in spring. What a treat!

Click here to visit the Valley of the Narcissi now.

Naturalizing Daffodils: Probably nothing in the gardening world is more foolproof and more rewarding than 'naturalizing' daffodils. Because unlike most other garden flowers, these fantastic plants are super-easy to plant in fall, they don't care about soil, as long as it's well-drained, and they'll bloom beautifully for you with absolutely no work every spring after you plant them. Best of all, daffodils increase over the years, each bulb developing into a blooming clump. All you have to do is pick the spots. The one thing to remember is that you won't be able to mow that area until the tops die down. Everything else takes care of itself. In a new or established wildflower meadow, the wildflower plants grow up around the daffodils hiding the fading foliage, so there's no work to do. And if you're planting wildflower seed, what could be easier that to pop in the bulbs when you have the ground already turned?

About the Wild Daffodils. Like wild tulips which are more the size of crocus, most of the wild daffodils are tiny too. They're generally small wildflowers that have been hybridized by the Dutch into the big tall beauties we know today.

Unlike tulips which are native to Central Asia, daffodils are European wildflowers, native to areas of France, Spain and Portugal.

Holland is not the ancestral home of any bulb flowers. But it's the home of almost all the hybrids, since the Dutch hybridizers have not only created thousands of new flowers gardeners love, they've developed a huge national industry that supplies bulbs to gardeners worldwide.

To a wildgardener, of course, the original un-hybridized species (and their close hybrids) are all interesting, and even better, they're all dependably perennial. Plant them once, and they're there forever. Unlike the hybrids which develop bigger and bigger clumps each year, and have to be divided every few seasons for good bloom, the wild species simply spread, like they do in the wild. So there is absolutely no maintenance for the wild bulbs, once you get them established.

Here are the major wild species:
Narcissus tazetta
Narcissus triandrus
Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Narcissus jonquilla
Narcissus poeticus recurvus
Narcissus clyclamineus
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SKU 8DAF8
Common Name Daffodil
Botanical Name Narcissus
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 16" tall
Bulb Size 14-16 cm
Bulb Spacing 6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 6" deep
Bloom Time Late spring
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Containers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Daffodil Bulbs Comparison

What is a "Quality Bulb," and Why Does Bulb Quality Matter?

Flower bulbs come in a wide variety of sizes. It is important to get the largest, best quality bulbs you can find. Larger bulbs help to ensure success, producing larger and stronger plants with more flowers.

Several flower bulbs are part of the onion family, and because of this I like to use Onions as a representation of how important bulb size is. Which of the onions on your shelf go bad first? The smallest ones! Larger onions are more resilient, taking longer to dry out/rot and can withstand swings in temperature better. Flower bulbs are the same. Larger bulbs will withstand disease, draught, large amounts of moisture, and colder temperatures significantly better than the smaller ones.

Tulip Bulb Comparison

Here at American Meadows we are committed to providing you with the highest quality bulbs. This means we do everything we can to source the largest bulbs possible. Below is a comparison of bulbs purchased from three different retail stores:

Each of the glass tubes contains 20 Dutch Master Daffodils. Starting from the left, the first tube is what is sold here at American Meadows, the middle tube was purchased at a local “Home Supply” box store, and the third is another online retailer. The difference is easily noticeable.

The next picture is the same comparison, but with Tulip Bulbs:

Again, our bulbs are quite a bit larger than other retailers.

Other things to be aware of when it comes to bulb quality is making sure they are firm and without signs of external damage or cracking. Do your best to avoid bulbs that are already growing and have shoots or freshly grown roots. This is difficult when purchasing online, but if you are ordering through a reputable company, they should be checking for these things regularly.

Next time you are looking to buy bulbs, think about how much time you put into planning and planting your garden and then anxiously waiting for your flowers to grow and bloom. Don’t be disappointed after all that effort by planting sub-par bulbs. Buy the largest, firmest, disease free bulbs you can afford, and you will have the best possible results.

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5.0

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Pros

  • Low maintenance (4)
  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Fragrant (3)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (3)
  • Raised beds (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5), Getting started (3)
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5.0

Explosive blooms

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from Bountiful, UT

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

    Every one of my bulbs produced flowers. They all emerged within a few days time & have healthy blooms that are enduring the gusty winds in my area just fine.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    First year strong

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    from New Jersey

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

        Planted these in border garden with other spring blooming/deer resistant bulbs. It looks like every bulb came up. They started to bloom just as my daffodils,were finishing up and look as though they will continue to bloom as the alliums start.

        Since this is my first year with them in this new border, I will post again next year to let you know if these came back/spread.

         
        5.0

        Poet's Daffodills are truly poetic!!

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        from El Cerrito, CA

        About Me Professional Landscaper

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fragrant
        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth

        Cons

        • Short Bloom Time

        Best Uses

        • Containers
        • Cut Flowers

        Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

        I would use this product for many results: naturalizing (planting 5 or more bulbs in one space), borders, with other bulbs with different bloom times, within landscapes ~ I have a herb garden that I scatter blubs throughout the parsley and sage, and as gifts for my clients ~ who have MANY places the plant bulbs.

         
        5.0

        spring

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        from Crisdfield M

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • BEAUTIFUL
        • Low Maintenance
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

          good show daffodil

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful flowers!

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          from Seattle

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

            These all bloomed so nicely and are quite pretty. Pale yellow with an almost salmon center.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great late bloomer

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            from Gaithersburg, MD

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Late bloomers
            • Long Bloom Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

                They bloom after the other daffodils, they make you feel like spring is not over. They are very delicate.

                 
                5.0

                Corona contasts with perianth

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                from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Fragrant
                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cut Flowers
                  • Large Areas
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

                  I have a long border bed along a lake and have sectioned it into 15 separate sections divided by large shrubs. Each section is designed to have bright flowers blooming all season. My plan is to plant a different variety of daffodil in each section (nearly done) and watch when they bloom - will mix them a little to achieve the longest blooming possible with the daffodils I have selected.

                   
                  5.0

                  Interesting and unique

                  By 

                  from Fleetwood PA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

                    Very pretty daffodil that has come up easily for several years

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                    • Personal
                     
                    5.0

                    Garden Beauty!

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                    from Levittown, PA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about American Meadows The Poet's Daffodil Bulbs Actaea:

                      Beautiful flowers! I love the way these look in my garden!

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                      • Personal

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                      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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