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PlantFiles: Long-Cupped Narcissus, Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Mrs. R.O. Backhouse

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Division 2 - Long-cupped

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

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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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PinetopPlanter On May 2, 2010, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted this daffodil as a teenager in the 70's. I remember my mother laughing and explaining what a 'backhouse' was! Every time it blooms, I marvel at the delicate coloring and remember how 'pink' it was at at time there were no other pinks available to the general public. In my opinion, it still holds its own in terms of its delicate trumpet coloring, shading from pink to peach to yellow.

Positive anzarquilter On Mar 12, 2010, anzarquilter from San Juan Bautista, CA wrote:

I love my Mrs. R.O. Backhouse. My Grandmother and I planted it in the garden when I bought my House in San Juan Bautista, CA. in 1972. Along with most of the other daffodils we planted, it comes up faithfully every year, including this one. I don't remember the names of the other daffodils that we planted, but Gram told me the story of this one and even though she has been gone for 30 years, when it blooms I think of her and her pink cupped daffodil.

Positive DonnaMack On Jan 28, 2009, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful and reliable heirloom daffodil.

Positive Terry On Aug 28, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Named for Victorian plant breeder Sarah Elizabeth Backhouse, better known as Mrs. R(obert) O(rmston) Backhouse, who developed the first pink daffodil.


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

Garberville, California
San Juan Bautista, California
Grayslake, Illinois
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

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