Double Narcissus, Double Daffodil 'Cheerfulness'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Cheerfulness
Hybridized by van der Schoot
Registered or introduced: pre 1923
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Division 4 - Double


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Lawley, Alabama

Cazadero, California

Garberville, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Owosso, Michigan

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Bronx, New York

Orchard Park, New York

Van Etten, New York

Greenville, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

, Ontario

Portland, Oregon

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

AM(e) 1926
*HC(g) 1927
*AM(g) 1936
*FCC(g) 1939
AGM 1995
AM Haarlem 1923


On Mar 31, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A reliable performer and a vigorous naturalizer. Unlike most doubles, it doesn't need exceptional weather in order to open well. And only the cup is double, so the scape stands up well under the weight.

Exceptionally late to bloom, this is a great season extender, into garden tour season.

An heirloom variety introduced in 1923. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


On Apr 29, 2009, RosemaryA from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered these online because they were advertised as fragrant, and found out months later when they bloomed that I don't like the fragrance! I would encourage people to smell fragrant plants in person before buying.


On Oct 5, 2008, beansandpenney from Orchard Park, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I moved to a new home and immediately started planting specialty daffodils, Replete, Apricot Whirl, Orangerie...I also grabbed a mixed bag of double daffodils at Lowes for fun. Well, "Cheerfullness" happened to be in the mixed bag and it was my favorite of all the daffodils I planted. The fragrance is so lovely and powerful, I am anxious to dig up the clumps and plant in more gardens. I planted it in my "cold" garden, morning sun, shade all afternoon...the plants there grow and bloom later than the rest of my gardens. Last of the daffodils to bloom, blooms last 1-2 weeks...a delicate stunner in the garden!


On Jun 9, 2008, maudie400 from Normal, IL wrote:

I planted these bulbs two years ago. The first year they bloomed fine, but since then, the buds seem to dry out and turn papery before blooming. They're planted in half sun along a driveway. I plant annuals there during the summer, so they do get watered.

Any suggestions?


On Mar 29, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A good week-plus later to bloom than the other Daffodils in the bed, this one also has more petite blooms; fairly fragrant