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PlantFiles: Double Poet's Narcissus, Poeticus Daffodil
Narcissus 'Plenus'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Plenus
Additional cultivar information: (aka Albus Plenus Odoratus, Double Pheasant's Eye, Pattellaris Pleno Albo Cum Croceo, Double Border)

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Division 4 - Double
Division 9 - Poeticus

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

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)
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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
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:
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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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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JonthanJ On Mar 18, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Aunt Pearl left some of these behind when we moved to the brick house 60 years ago (Zone 5a). Blooming continues to be sporadic. Buds form, but they usually fail. When they do succeed, the flowers are glorious. Born on tall thin stems, late in the Narcissus season, they are both fragrant and elegantly put together, and thus worth the wait.

Positive MPOCHAW On Apr 26, 2010, MPOCHAW from Chester, NY wrote:

Apr 26, 2010 - Planted a number of them last fall in my garden (Chester, NY) as well as in the woods in the back. Seems like ALL of the bulbs came up this spring (this spring was cool and wet). Flowers are very very fragrant. Only word of caution - because multiple layered petals, flowers droop in the rain.

Neutral angihansen On May 12, 2008, angihansen from Watkinsville, GA wrote:

I've had about 20 bulbs of this for 2 years... and have gotten a whopping total of 2 flowers in that entire time. Last year they were preparing to bloom, and then after a rainstorm the buds looked a bit wilted, and then never bloomed at all. This year I have two tiny buds starting to open (size of my thumbnail), and if I lean over and sniff they have a great smell, but I don't know if they'll get more impressive as they open. I see a note on a picture saying that if the spring is too hot, the buds will fail. Perhaps that's the problem for me... our winters are cold, but our springs are 70ish (F).

Positive saya On Aug 6, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Already in 1590 Carolus Clusius received the first bulbils of this soft scented Narcissus. Through the ages it has had different (nick)names. A few are: ‘Double Border’, Double Pheasant’s Eye’, poeticus ‘Flore Pleno’, poeticus ‘Pattellaris Pleno Albo Cum Croceo’, poeticus ‘Plenus’ en ‘The Large Gardenia Flowered Double White Daffodil’.

Positive ladyrowan On Jun 21, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

An old Heirloom; all white, fragrant, gardenia-like double which does best in cooler climates. Very late spring


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

Garberville, California
Logansport, Indiana
Chester, New York
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Vancouver, Washington

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