Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus recurvus)

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The Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil, scientifically known as Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus, is a captivating spring flower that enchants gardeners and flower enthusiasts alike with its unique beauty and delightful fragrance. This perennial bulb is a herald of spring, boasting brilliant pure white petals that elegantly recurve, framing a small, red-rimmed, golden-yellow cup. For those looking to add a touch of elegance and fragrance to their gardens, the Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil is an excellent choice. Its hardiness and ease of care make it a beloved addition to any spring garden.

Botanical Name
Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
Plant Type
Perennial bulb
Up to 14 inches (35 cm)
Narrow, strap-shaped leaves
Prefers temperate climates
Sun Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements
Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils
Hardiness Zones
Varies, generally tolerant
Flower Color
Pure white with a red-rimmed, golden-yellow cup
Foliage Color
Season Features
Late spring blooming
Special Features
Strongly scented, award-winning, and great for wet areas
  • The Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil features brilliant pure white flowers, strongly recurved petals, and a small, red-rimmed, golden-yellow cup.
  • The long-lasting blossoms rise atop a clump of foliage, providing a striking visual impact when planted in groups.
  • Keep soil moist during the growing season. Reduce watering after foliage begins to die back, more tolerant of shade and heavy, damp soil than other daffodils.
  • This daffodil is native to central and southern Europe and has been widely naturalized in North America.
  • It thrives in damp soil and is often found naturalized in tall grasses or under deciduous trees.
  • All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested, causing severe discomfort and acting as a strong emetic and irritant. It is also toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.
  • Propagation is typically done through bulb division, ensuring the continuation of this delightful variety for years to come.
  • Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil is relatively pest-resistant. Watch for common issues such as narcissus bulb flies, aphids, and fungal diseases like basal rot.


How do I plant Pheasant’s Eye Daffodils?

Plant the bulbs in the fall, in well-drained soil, and an area with full sun or partial shade.

When does the Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil bloom?

It blooms in late spring, offering a fragrant end to the spring bulb season.

Are Pheasant’s Eye Daffodils deer-resistant?

Yes, they are known to be deer and rabbit-resistant, making them a great choice for gardens prone to wildlife visits.

Can I use Pheasant’s Eye Daffodils for cut flowers?

They make excellent cut flowers due to their long-lasting blooms and delightful fragrance.

What makes Pheasant’s Eye Daffodils special?

Their strong scent, award-winning status, and ability to perform better in wet, poorly drained areas set them apart from other daffodil varieties.

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