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PlantFiles: Double Narcissus, Double Daffodil
Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Rip van Winkle
Additional cultivar information: (aka Plenus)

Synonym:Narcissus minor var. pumilus

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Division 4 - Double


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Pale Green


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CaptMicha On Apr 11, 2008, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very cute little plants. I have them in my woodland garden and they always flower before anything else and the yellow stands out strikingly. The leaves seem to disappear when it gets hot.

Positive flowerfrenzy On Mar 19, 2006, flowerfrenzy from Vancouver, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased a couple of these through my local garden center. They are so cute! I love having the texture and color that they add to my garden. In my climate, they tend to show a lot more green than in pictures I've seen.

Positive CatskillKarma On Apr 20, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

Living in Rip van Winkle country in the Catskills, I had to have these. I've had a grouping in my rock garden for the last half dozen years. They're very charming and easy. They don't multiply, but there's been no dieback either--I still have the same 10 I planted then. They look like little stars--almost like dahlias.

Positive lmelling On Apr 19, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Planted a dozen or so of these in fall 04. They were the first to bloom for me around April 18, 2005. The picture on the front of the card doesn't do them justice. Beautiful, dainty and a prolific bloomer. Flower almost resembles a mum, it's so double! Really glad I planted these.

Double Flowering Narcissus are identified as having more than one flower per stem and do not necessarily have the distinctive center cup and petals like other Narcissus.

My Bulbs came from Netherland Bulb Co. and I purchased them in a local nursery here.

To subdivide after 2-3 years, harvest them immediately after the foliage has died down, divide and store in a well ventilated cool dry place then replant them in the fall.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a real cutie--imagine a dandelion flower atop a daffodil stalk, only without the weed problems. The only thing I don't like about this variety is that it has a very short bloom period.

Neutral Baa On Apr 20, 2003, Baa wrote:

A small growing daffodil cultivar.

Bears small, pale green and yellow, double flowers that look slightly untidy.

Loves a well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Makes an excellent rock garden bulb and doesn't require staking as badly as other doubles.


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

Garberville, California
Chicago, Illinois
Geneseo, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Brookeville, Maryland
Pepperell, Massachusetts
Dearborn, Michigan
Tawas City, Michigan
Sparks, Nevada
Sandown, New Hampshire
Port Washington, New York
West Kill, New York
Morehead City, North Carolina
Elyria, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Hugo, Oklahoma
, Ontario
Portland, Oregon
Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Pullman, Washington
Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

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