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Triandrus Narcissus, Triandrus Daffodil, Angel's Tears 'Hawera'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Hawera
Hybridized by Thompson
Registered or introduced: 1930's
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Division 5 - Triandrus


6-12 in. (15-30 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Garberville, California

Merced, California

Hebron, Kentucky

Millersville, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Sparks, Nevada

Brookline, New Hampshire

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

AM(a) 1938
AGM 1996
Wister Award 2008

(N. jonquilla x N. triandrus)


On Sep 21, 2014, AmyInNH from Brookline, NH wrote:

Frail delicate beauty doing just fine in junky sandy full sun location. Amazing.


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

One of my favorites.

A tough, vigorous naturalizer. The flowers are small and exceptionally graceful. The color is a soft lemon-yellow rather than the usual brassy gold, which makes it exceptionally valuable for mixing with tulips. It's also quite late, and useful for extending the daffodil season.


On Mar 26, 2007, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hawera is a wonderful little daffodil--fragrant, tough, and long-blooming. I've grown it for four or five years, and it has multiplied, naturalizing easily, with no "spent" bulbs or decrease in flowering.


On Jan 21, 2007, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

dependable and multiplying here. thin leafed, foliage comes up midwinter in my warmish spot here, and looks nice through blooming.


On May 11, 2005, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

N. 'Hawera' surprised us with her charm and staying power. We planted 'hawera' with an uncommon muscari underneath a Japanese Maple for an interesting effect. One note--give each bulb some space when planting since each tends to produce many flower stems.


On Apr 22, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very charming little Narcissus that is dwarf enough to be grown in rock gardens, at the edge of paths or even in containers. It is also wonderfull for naturalising. N. Hawera is a triandrus hybrid raised in New Zealand by Dr. W. Thompson in the 1930's. Its other parent is a jonquil, which provides its elegance and scent.
The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).