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The Poet's Daffodil Actaea

SKU: AM004297
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Overview
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)
key features
Botanical Name
Narcissus poeticus
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
16" tall
Bulb Spacing
6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time
Late spring

Description

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.