Tazetta Narcissus, Paperwhite Daffodil, Paperwhites 'Ziva'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Ziva
Hybridized by Yahel-Weijers
Registered or introduced: 1997
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Division 8 - Tazetta


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter


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)

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:

White/Near White




Provides Winter Interest

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:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Midland City, Alabama


Menlo Park, California

Oak View, California

Pittsburg, California

Pleasant Hill, California

San Leandro, California

Vacaville, California

Apopka, Florida

Bowling Green, Florida

Clermont, Florida(2 reports)

Davenport, Florida(2 reports)

Deerfield Beach, Florida(2 reports)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida(6 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida(4 reports)

Lake City, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Montverde, Florida

Orlando, Florida(15 reports)

Oviedo, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Quitman, Georgia

Villers-lès-Nancy, Lorraine

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mesquite, Nevada

Piscataway, New Jersey

South Richmond Hill, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Orange, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Norfolk, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 3, 2017, cjjulian from Pittsburg, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bought some many years ago for forcing and bought more because I couldnt resist the discounted price at Lowes. After the bulb was spent, I threw them in the yard, including the discounted ones. I didnt do anything special to the soil which is high with clay and they come up every year getting bigger and bigger and constantly blooming from December through February and no additional spring/summer watering. I dont mind them as I find them charming, I always get surprised when I see the flowers every year.


On Nov 20, 2011, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my favorite bulbs, paperwhites never fail to impress me. the bulbs can produce so many blooms and they are much more exotic than the everyday daffodil. i might be allergic but since im not sure, i wont blame paperwhites. the smell isnt very noticeable if theyre planted with other flowering plants.


On Feb 1, 2010, BloomingNewYork from New York, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Yes I do enjoy this plant and its marvelous flowers. It's hard for me to believe that I've successfully grown this bulb in my zone, which is just about 7 since I live on Long Island and still part of the 5 boros. This is a very delicate and beautiful flower and the blooms looked like specks of snow floating in my garden. they flowered in early April and were warmed all winter against the brick wall. Any gardener in my area ahould give them a try if they have a sunny winter site that is consistently warmed by brick etc. This plant is supposed to be a very tender one but they did work for me last season and Im trying them again.


On Jan 23, 2009, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bought some for forcing indoors in Dec 2008. They were a bargain at $0.10 ea. What a cheerful display to have indoors, but beware: the closer you get to the blooms, the more unpleasant the fragrance. When mine are spent I will plant inground outdoors and hopefully they will naturalize.

Dec 2009. Planted inground in Spring 2009, after blooms were spent, and they're starting to bloom in Jan 2010.

Dec 2018; Ive spend hundreds of $ on daffies that were sold as z9 hardy. Ziva and a couple others are the only ones still around after all these years. I wished Id spent all the money on Zivas. Id have the daffie field I dreamed of. Stick with Ziva and save your $ and dissapointment.


On Jan 11, 2009, Ga_Wildflower from Quitman, GA wrote:

These were present in the yard when we bought our home 2 years ago and they were a lovely suprise when they bloomed.

We have since bought more and planted them around some crape myrtles to add some beauty to the leafless trees as they are very bland this time of the year.

I love the delicate white flowers and that they are easy to grow.


On Nov 10, 2008, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

I grew these indoors by forcing them in a vase with pebbles and water. It was very easy to grow this way, but the water must not touch the bulbs, or they will rot.

They were very pretty, but VERY fragrant, and we found the fragrance to be indescribably horrendous. It permeated the entire house. We wound up putting them on the back porch, where they were promptly frostbitten, which was fine with us. We will not purchase them again.


On Aug 13, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

I have had these flowers growing in my garden for over forty years. I have always loved them...loved the perfume! We grew them in Shafter, California, where I was growing up and now I have them in Oak View. In Shafter, it seemed they waited for springtime to bloom, but here in Oak View (the Ojai Valley), it seems that they always like to bloom just before Christmas. So easy to care for...great bulbs! Wonderful flowers.


On Feb 6, 2003, jumsmith wrote:

This was my first flower i have grown indoors and i have to say it was very easy from start to finish. The smell from these flowers was a surprise it has a smell that is unique. Grow them and you will find out what i mean. They really don't have much needs. When first starting to sprout i would water them in the morning and set in sun all day, then would give them another mist of water at the end of the day and take them out of the light. I found that it was very easy to self-pollinate them. I was not sure it was going to work at first, but now i have successfully gotten seeds from these flowers. I have not tried bulb cutting because i have forced these to bloom so i belive from what i have read that they will not bloom again. But i'm not saying it can be done i have not tried yet. ... read more