Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’ (Large-Cupped Daffodil)

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Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’, commonly known as the Large-Cupped Daffodil, has a prominent and distinctive flower structure. The perianth (the outer petal segments) is typically bright yellow, forming a vivid contrast with the large, cup-shaped corona. The corona (the central cup) is an intense, deep red or orange-red color, giving the flower its name and unique look. The blooms in mid to late spring, adding a burst of color to gardens during this period.

Botanical Name
Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’
Plant Type
Bulbous Perennial
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Height
Typically grows up to 16-18 inches (40-45 cm)
Foliage
Herbaceous, spring ephemeral
Climate
Temperate
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements
Well-drained soils
Hardiness Zones
3 – 8
Flower Color
Rich yellow petals with a scarlet cup
Foliage Color
Green
Season Features
Mid-spring blooming
Special Features
Good for naturalizing, deer and rabbit-resistant
Distribution and Habitat
Cultivated in gardens and containers
Toxicity
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort, skin irritant
  • The ‘Red Ranger’ boasts large flowers adorned with smooth, rounded petals and a prominent, intense scarlet cup, creating a stunning visual impact when planted in groups.
  • The long, narrow green leaves emerge in early spring and persist through the blooming period, providing a lush backdrop to the vivid flowers.
  • Watering should be consistent during the growing season, reducing once the foliage begins to die back.
  • Plant bulbs in the fall, about 6 inches deep and spaced 6-8 inches apart. Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring as new growth emerges.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote more blooms and allow foliage to die back naturally to feed the bulbs for the next season.
  • The ‘Red Ranger’ serves as an excellent cut flower and adds a burst of color to spring gardens.
  • Propagation is typically done by removing offsets as the leaves fade in early summer. For best visual impact, plant in groups of at least six bulbs.
  • Generally resistant to deer, rabbits, and other common garden pests.

FAQs

When should I plant Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’ bulbs?

Plant the bulbs in the fall, ideally 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes.

How do I ensure my daffodils come back every year?

Allow the foliage to die back naturally and avoid cutting it until it is completely yellow and withered. This process helps the bulbs store energy for the next season.

Can Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’ grow in containers?

Yes, they can be grown in containers as long as the pots have good drainage and the bulbs are planted at the proper depth.

What should I do if my daffodils are not blooming well?

Ensure they are getting enough sunlight and are not overcrowded. Replenish the soil with compost and consider dividing the bulbs if they have become too dense.

Is Narcissus ‘Red Ranger’ safe for pets?

No, all parts of the daffodil are toxic if ingested and can cause severe reactions. It is best to plant them where pets do not have access.

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