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Tazetta Narcissus, Paperwhite Daffodil, Paperwhites 'Martinette'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Martinette
Hybridized by Tuggle-Cornwall Bulb Growers
Registered or introduced: 1985
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Division 8 - Tazetta


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 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



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 fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Garberville, California

Clifton, Colorado

Lutz, Florida

Decatur, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Hudsonville, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Sandown, New Hampshire

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Morehead City, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

(Matador x N. jonquilla)


On Apr 15, 2008, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

This is a charming little tazetta. They are a bright yellow with a golden-orange cup. My first-year plants have 3-4 2-inch flowers per stem, I am expecting more next year based on photos from other gardens.


On Apr 15, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Relatively weak colours, and did not perennialise well in my garden. The fragrance is also weaker than others like "Falconette."


On Mar 13, 2005, torgo from Decatur, GA wrote:

At first, I wasn't all that impressed with the looks of Martinette by itself. Then I planted some mixed in among Carlton daffodils and found that the combination is much nicer than either variety alone. The orange centers of the tiny Martinette blooms add spice to the very large but plain yellow Carlton blooms.

Martinette is certainly growing well in my yard - zone 7b, east of Atlanta. The fragrance alone makes these worth having. I never thought daffodil beds could have much fragrance before I planted these. I intend to add more of these in the future.


On Mar 12, 2005, mellielong from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've never grown daffodils and didn't know if they could survive the heat of zone 9b. This wasn't the first daffodil to come up, but it was the first to bloom in the first week of March. It smells wonderful; you can just walk by it and smell it. Color is very bright, it stands out when I'm driving up the street.


On Nov 22, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tazetta cultivar is a wonderful fragrant multi-bloomer. Flowers reach a height of 14" and have yellow petals and a bright orange cup. It is very fragrant. It can be forced or grown outdoors where it naturalizes very well. It is also good for growing in warmer climates.