perennial

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil

Narcissus poeticus 'var. recurvus'

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Pheasant's Eye Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus 'var. recurvus') at Canadale Nurseries

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil flowers

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil flowers

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Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Old Pheasant's Eye Daffodil

Description:

A gorgeous addition to any garden; recurved white petals with yellow cups finely edged in red, with a spicy fragrance; very showy in the garden or containers

Ornamental Features

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil has masses of beautiful fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats and a red ring at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Pheasant's Eye Daffodil will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features