Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus (Poeticus Daffodil)

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Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus, commonly known as the Poeticus Daffodil, is a variety of daffodil belonging to the genus Narcissus within the Amaryllidaceae family. This particular variety is known for its distinctive and highly ornamental characteristics. The Poeticus Daffodil typically has a white perianth (the outer part of the flower) with petals that can sometimes be slightly recurved (curved backward). The corona (the central part of the flower) is small, cup-shaped, and usually has a bright yellow or green center with a red rim. The leaves are narrow, strap-like, and green, emerging from the base of the plant. This variety is renowned for its strong and sweet fragrance, making it a popular choice for gardens and floral arrangements.

Botanical Name
Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
Plant Type
Bulbous perennial
1.00 to 1.50 feet
Narrow, strap-shaped, green leaves
Tolerates a range of climates
Sun Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements
Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils
Hardiness Zones
3 to 7
Flower Color
White petals with a red-rimmed yellow cup
Foliage Color
Season Features
Late spring blooming
Special Features
Showy, fragrant flowers, tolerate moist to wet soils
Distribution and Habitat
Native to Europe
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort and can be a skin irritant
  • The Poeticus Daffodil stands out with its recurved white petals surrounding a small yellow cup edged in red.
  • One of its special features is the sweet fragrance emitted by the flowers, which adds an olfactory dimension to its visual appeal.
  • Watering requirements for the Poeticus Daffodil are moderate, with a need for consistent moisture during the growing season, tapering off as the foliage begins to die back.
  • Low maintenance, remove spent flowers to prevent seed formation.
  • It is a cherished addition to gardens for its late spring blooms and ability to naturalize, creating swathes of white blossoms with minimal maintenance.
  • Propagation is typically done through bulb division, allowing gardeners to spread the beauty of this daffodil throughout their gardens.
  • Watch for bulb rot in poorly-drained soils or infestations by narcissus bulb flies, nematodes, slugs, and snails.


How do I plant Poeticus Daffodils?

Plant bulbs in early to mid-fall, at a depth of 2 to 3 times the bulb size, with at least 3 inches of soil over the top.

Can Poeticus Daffodils tolerate shade?

Yes, they are more tolerant of shade and heavy, damp soil than other daffodil varieties.

Are Poeticus Daffodils deer and rabbit resistant?

Indeed, they are known to be resistant to deer and rabbits, making them a robust choice for gardens.

What makes Poeticus Daffodils special?

Their ability to thrive in wetter conditions and their late spring bloom time set them apart from other daffodils.

Is the Poeticus Daffodil suitable for mass planting?

Planting in groups or drifts can create a stunning visual impact and enhance their natural beauty.

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