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Narcissus tazetta

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Species: tazetta (taz-ET-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Narcissus canaliculatus

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Division 8 - Tazetta

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ineedacupoftea On Apr 15, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A glorious little miniature with numerous flowers on a stem. Fails to bloom in a shaded location (Even deciduous shade)
Near perfectly-round cups are most intriguing and fragrant. Underused in the garden.

Positive ladyrowan On Sep 26, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

White petals and a cheddar cheese cup; sometimes not a free flowering as others and may need staking, but its fragrance is wonderful. 12-20"

Neutral poppysue On Nov 1, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

The fragrant tazetta narcissus are not as cold tolerent as most of its cousins. It likes hot sunny conditions and is excellent choice for forcing. The wild form grows 6 -20 inches tall and bears clusters of white flowers with yellow cups.


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

Canoga Park, California
Garberville, California
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Coushatta, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Portland, Oregon
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Saluda, South Carolina

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