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Chinese Sacred Lily
Narcissus tazetta var. orientalis

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Species: tazetta var. orientalis
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Division:

Division 8 - Tazetta

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Orange

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Issaquah, Washington

North Bend, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 16, 2009, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety is also sold as a 'forcing' paperwhite narcissus. I forced them successfully in water. Leaves got to 16 inches tall, with one or two stems of flowers per bulb, each stem having several blooms. Fragrance of one bulb was sweet but only noticed when you got right up to the flower (some comments that paperwhtie scent can be too strong.