Narcissus, Albus Plenus Odoratus

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NARCISSUS, Albus Plenus Odoratus

Albus Plenus Odoratus is another Species Narcissus. It is a very rare, naturally occurring double which was introduced into cultivation in 1861. It is often called the “Double Pheasant’s Eye”. The blossom has a snow white perianth with a frilled, double pale yellow center edged with red. The plant, itself, reaches a height of 14-16 inches. Its most splendid characteristic is its incredible fragrance. Albus Plenus Odoratus is known to be an excellent candidate for forcing and conainers. Plant 4-6 bulbs per 6-inch pot.It shows best when planted in drifts of 10 bulbs or more. Bulbs should be planted 6-8 inches deep and no more than 6 inches apart. Whether in a pot or in the ground, make sure to add bone meal to the soil. It is hardy from Hardiness Zones 4-9. These four narcissus are enchanting garden plants, but they also are exceptional container plants. In containers, plant them densely. As stated earlier, three of the four narcissus can be forced in soil. Bulbocodium does not force well. Try at least one of these for next spring. They are rare and enchanting and a great addition for any garden. HZ: 4-9 12-14” Late-season.

Narcissus, Albus Plenus Odoratus

Narcissus is the name given to the family of plants which includes jonquils. Daffodil is a common name used for all Narcissi. Narcissus are members of the Amaryllis family and are native to various parts of the world including China and Japan, the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, North Africa and western Asia.

The Latin name for the Daffodil, Narcissus, was believed to have been derived from the Greek myth about Narcissus. However, Pliny, the Roman naturalist, argues that the name, Narcissus, derives from the term narkao meaning to benumb and that it is a reference to the bulbs’ medicinal abilities to cause instant numbness.

It is believed that the Romans brought winter hardy Daffodil varieties to Britain in the early centuries AD. By the 17th century, Europeans had been cultivating daffodils for hundreds of years, and the first doubles were being developed.

The earliest European settlers to the New World brought daffodils. The town of Gloucester, VA reported large, naturalized areas of daffodils by 1651.

Along with tulips, daffodils are the most important spring bulbs in Europe and the United States. In many gardens, daffodils are the first flowers to emerge in the spring. Their joyous yellow flowers are eager to remind all of us that sunny days will soon return.

Species Miniature Narcissus are dainty plants, classic varieties, that represent narcissi as they were originally found in the wild. Most are good forcers(except N. bulbocodium). Plant 4-5” deep and 4-5” apart

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