Daffodils, members of the genus narcissus, are one of the earliest blooming flowers of spring, brightening neighbourhoods and fields alike. Being perennial and needing little care has made daffodils garden favourites for a long time.
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With over 50 species to choose from there is a size for every garden or yard as daffodils range from 2 inches tall with 1/2-inch blooms up to stems that are 2 feet tall carrying blooms as big as 5 inches across.
All daffodils have the same shape, no matter what species they are, with a starlike ring of outer petals surrounding a trumpet-shaped corona.
While the most common colour for daffodils is yellow, with over 13,000 hybrids they also come in pink, white, orange, lime-green and in some bi-colours.
Plant daffodils in a sunny or mostly sunny location with well-drained soil and see that they have at least 1 inch of water during the growing season. Once the foliage begins to wilt and die, they may be mowed over with no harm to the plant. When the plants become overcrowded, dig the bulbs when they finish flowering, separate them, and replant them.
With good growing conditions, daffodils will often live longer than those who planted them as can be seen by the profusion of blooms every spring around old homesteads and in fields.
Daffodils, jonquils and narcissus are just different names for the same basic plant.
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