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Long-cupped Narcissus, Large-cupped Daffodil 'Carlton'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Carlton
Hybridized by Williams
Registered or introduced: pre 1927
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Division 2 - Large-cupped


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


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

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow



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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Conway, Arkansas

Garberville, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Pensacola, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Wrens, Georgia

Springfield, Massachusetts

Sparks, Nevada

Morehead City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Vinton, Ohio

, Ontario

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Copperas Cove, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

*AM(g) 1936
*FCC(g) 1939
AGM 1995
AM(e)Haarlem 1930


On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

One of the few daffodils that naturalizes readily in the deep south . It is wonderful to see them in full bloom in early february here in Central Texas .


On Mar 7, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Houston Chronicle had a survey of the top 10 daffs which do well in our area and Carlton was in the list, so I'm looking forward to many years of being delighted by this beauty. Huge flower.


On Mar 30, 2005, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the most popular narcissus, 'Carlton' is an early spring bloomer with classic daffodil habit. According to Brent & Becky, it is one of the best perennializers and it does do well in our garden. Heirloom, 1927. An early spring bloomer. About 12-14 inches tall.


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

This is another of my favorite daffodils for naturalizing.