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PlantFiles: Trumpet Narcissus, Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus 'King Alfred'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: King Alfred

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Division 1 - Trumpet

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:
Flowers are fragrant
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:

Neutral coriaceous On Jan 31, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar was introduced in 1899 and went out of commercial production about twenty years later, due to accumulating virus load. (This is a typical lifespan for a narcissus cultivar). It was a sensation in its day and became legendary because it was a huge leap forward in size and vigor from what had previously been available. Its popularity was so great that to this day other vigorous gold trumpet daffodils ('Dutch Master', 'Carlton', and others) are sold by good nurseries as "King Alfred type" daffodils and by unscrupulous ones as "King Alfred". They're ALL improvements on the original.

Today there is one boutique grower I know of who grows a very limited quantity, for premium prices, for use in historical recreations. All the rest are impostors.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Dec 15, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I know for a fact I do not have King alfred nor does anyone else . this plant is long out of production and if you have it it is remnants from early last century . But what I can say is I do have King Alfred type , aka dutch master carlton or some other hybrid . what I do know is this (type) multiplies readily without cold and does well in the south . aka zone 8a . Purchased these bulbs from fort worth botanical garden labeled King alfred (type) . As I and anyone else knows the original King alfred has long since gone and done and improved and King alfred, and king alfred type are the only species available today .

Positive Bloomfly22 On Dec 8, 2011, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love seeing the nodding blooms of the Daffodils. My fave. is the 'King Alfred' with the yellow flowers. I have just planted a pack in hopes of large spring blooms!

Positive bonehead On Nov 28, 2010, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the work-horse of daffs. Reliable, sturdy, and multiplies quickly. I have a whole platoon of these around and about my gardens, and love their solid yellow every spring.

Positive Greenharvest On Apr 18, 2006, Greenharvest from Hadley, MA wrote:

I transplanted several bulbs of this type to my garden from another spot, about 4 yrs ago. I got the green leaves each spring, about middle April, but never any bloom. This week, I have the first bloom. It is a beautiful, vibrant yellow flower, larger and stronger than the previous blooms in the other spot. Guess the plant was busy establishing its roots, and getting used to the spot. Glad I waited, and didn't give up on them!

Positive TBGDN On Apr 11, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the oldest known daffodil I grow, having bought one dozen bulbs more than twenty years ago. Since that time I have donated/given away many times over that number in excess bulbs! It multiplies rapidly over the years, and in my opinion need dug, separated and replanted after 4-5 years. I like to keep them in evenly moist soil that is well drained and fertile. They are exceptionally hardy, and I cannot ever remember losing a bulb due to weather or disease. The cheerful yellow color is very welcome in early spring.


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

Bessemer, Alabama
Camden, Arkansas
Garberville, California
Vincent, California
Erie, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Cordele, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Nicholson, Georgia
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Hadley, Massachusetts
Ubly, Michigan
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Brunswick, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Munsonville, New Hampshire
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Tioga Center, New York
Morehead City, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio (2 reports)
Elyria, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
, Ontario
Klamath Falls, Oregon
North Bend, Oregon
Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Copperas Cove, Texas
Emory, Texas
Katy, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Willis, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
Falls Church, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Cascade Valley, Washington
Deer Harbor, Washington
Issaquah, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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