Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Narcissus



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Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Amaryllidaceae

Name in English: Amaryllis family

The Plant

Origin: Europe, North Africa, and Asia

Growth Habit: genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family

Flower: Narcissus species have a central bell-, bowl-, or disc-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward edge of the 3-locular ovary. The seeds are black, round and swollen with a hard coat. The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner segments are petals.

Blooming Period: spring

Leaf: strap shaped, 12 inches long from bulb, stem is leafless.


Spring bulb, garden and cut flowers. forced bulbs

Care and Handling

Soil: range of soils but grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season

Amount of water: moderate

Nutrition: Apply a low-nitrogen, high-potash fertilizer after flowering if bulbs are not performing.

Special handling: Deadhead plants as flowers fade (for neater garden appearance) and allow leaves to remain for at least 6 weeks.

Special feature/remarks:

After they bloom in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next year.