Narcissus, Daffodil 'Tete-a-Tete'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Tete-a-Tete
Additional cultivar information:(aka Tte--Tte)
Hybridized by Gray
Registered or introduced: pre 1949
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Division 12 - Miscellaneous


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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow




This plant is resistant to deer

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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Cazadero, California

Elk Grove, California


Perris, California

Sacramento, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bear, Delaware

Jacksonville, Florida

North Port, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Westchester, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa(2 reports)

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Echo, Louisiana

Millersville, Maryland

Fall River, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Canton, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Brunswick, Missouri

Camden, Missouri

Rolla, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Auburn, New Hampshire

Clementon, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Glen Cove, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

, Ontario

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Missouri City, Texas

Perrin, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Payson, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah(2 reports)

Falls Church, Virginia

Locust Dale, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 7, 2020, lochlemonde from Canton, MI wrote:


I have repeatedly abused these bulbs and they don't hold a grudge.

I usually buy them discounted after season as potted plants from garden centers.

I have:

1. Thrown them in the back of my pickup truck with the barest of soil still desperately clinging to the bulbs for an entire Detroit area Summer! That means heat, humidity, drought, wind whipped from cruising down the freeway at 70 mph! Covered by shovels, banged into by rakes, smashed by 50 lbs bags of material. Then thrown into what I presume to be a shallow grave in the Fall, only to be rewarded this week (4/6/20) by a beautiful flush of growth and blooms!

2. Thrown into a corner of the yard left uncover... read more


On May 7, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

AM(p) 1956
FCC(p) 1962
*AM(g) 1973
*FCC(g) 1974
AGM 1993

A specimen of this cv. is the nomenclatural type of
{N.} x {cyclazetta}


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

Forced in vast numbers for the gift market, this is also a great garden plant. It has been one of the best early daffodils, a good performer and a vigorous naturalizer.

However, it has acquired a reputation now for being one of the most commonly virused.

Usually two flowers per stem (hence the name).

One of the earliest narcissi here. Quite small, but not technically a miniature.


On Feb 17, 2010, Carolsflowers from Brunswick, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Tete-aTete naturalizes well for me in Brunswick, MO in heavier soil


On Mar 26, 2007, Wecky from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This little daffie is adorable! You see them in all the grocery stores' floral departments starting in February, when they put out pots of forced bulbs to make the gardeners restless for spring. When I lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin I took a chance and plopped my spent houseplant's bulbs in the ground to see what would happen. Sure enough, the following spring I had a sweet clump of mini daffodils! I hope that the current tenants of our old town house are enjoying them now! Last spring I planted some near a lilac bush here at our new home in Iowa, and as of today (March 26, 2007) there are lots of teeny tiny three inch tall stems with fat buds showing yellow at the seams. They'll be blooming tomorrow for sure!

Something I really love about these little guys (aside from how CU... read more


On Aug 28, 2006, Corgi_Lily from Lowell, MI wrote:

This usually blooms in March for me in zone 5. I love the height of it; we get sporadic spring hail/rain/snow/ice storms, and this one holds up and keeps blooming for nearly 6 weeks for me. I have not noted a scent for this one.


On Apr 1, 2006, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very easy to grow plant which multiplies easily and repeats like a dream. Long lasting low growing flowers for spring. In zone6, they bloom in late march / early april.


On Apr 1, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This seems to be one of the few daffodils/jonquils that will tolerate the summer heat of NE Florida (borderline Zone 8b/9a) and our relatively mild winters with only a few days below freezing. I have a few of these jonquils flowering now (March 2005) from bulbs I planted about 2 years ago. I am hoping they will bloom more profusely with time as they become better acclimated to our climate.


On Mar 9, 2003, Baa wrote:

A Division 12 Miscellaneous Daffodil cultivar.

A small cultivar suitable for rock and alpine gardens. Has mid to deep green, smooth, lance like leaves. Bears golden yellow, slightly reflexed perianths with dark yellow coronas, 1 to 3 per stem.

Flowers between January and March.

Loves a well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Forms reasonable sized clumps where happy.