Narcissus pseudonarcissus lobularis, the wild daffodil or Lent Lily. This species narcissus has a subtle charm and elegance with pale yellow petals arranged around a trumpet that is a shade darker. Adaptable and weather resistant, this beauty will bounce back from the spring gales which flatten the taller hybrids. Flowers from March onwards.
Adaptable to most garden uses, this species narcissus looks particularly breath taking when naturalised or planted in drifts on grassy slopes and under light tree shade or other cool moist areas. Although they may take the first year after planting to really get established, they will look after themselves and soon bulk up to give an unforgettable display in the spring garden.
They are best planted in areas where the grass will not be mown or fertilised until the bulbs have gone dormant. Normally by July, this will allow them to build up the food reserves needed for future flowering. Planting is best in drifts, 3″ / 7cm deep in cool, moist soil.
An essential feature of spring gardens, you might also like to try planting early bulbs like this behind clumps of summer flowering herbaceous. These will then be coming in to leaf just as the daffodil foliage is dying down. Visit the perennial plants section of our website for a wide selection of suitable herbaceous plants.
The national flower of Wales, Narcissus pseudonarcissus lobularis is native to Western Europe, from Spain and Portugal in the south of its distribution to Britain in the north. The wild populations grow in woods, grassland and rocky ground. There are a number of famous sites in Britain where the wild daffodil can be seen in its native glory. Farndale Valley in the North York Moors National Park, the banks of the River Dove in the Peak District and Dymock Woods SSSI to name just a few……
Further information on Narcissus pseudonarcissus lobularis
If you become particularly hooked on growing Narcissi (and who couldn’t be!) , The Daffodil Society, established in 1898 as the specialist Narcissus society for Great Britain has many interesting articles about growing and caring for daffodils on their website at http://www.thedaffodilsociety.com