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Tazetta Narcissus, Paperwhite Daffodil, Paperwhites 'Minnow'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Minnow
Hybridized by Gray
Registered or introduced: 1962
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Division 8 - Tazetta


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:

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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

White/Near White




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:

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

Dacula, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Millersville, Maryland

Preston, Maryland

Pinconning, Michigan

Sparks, Nevada

Morehead City, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

, Ontario

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Wharton, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2011, idanou from Provincetown, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hardly a miniature for me. It's in the 16-18" range. Also I wouldn't say it's long lasting. About average at little less than 2 weeks. In fact, it's my shortest blooming daff. Doesn't hold well as a cut flower either (dies in a couple of days).

Now the positives (because I really do like this flower). I have it paired with Grape Hyacinths and Jonquils 'Quail' and it works wonderfully. It fills the middle of the combo and when it dies the Jonquils and the Grape Hyacinths cover for it. The tiny bi-color flowers are also very cute.


On Apr 27, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Best miniature I've had yet! Just the right size and gives me several blooms per stem. I love it!


On Feb 3, 2007, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

charming, long lived, multiplies so you can share. I wouldn't be without it.


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

This is a miniature tazetta with pale yellow petals (sometimes white) and bright yellow cups. As with all tazettas, blooms are clustered. This one reaches a height of 6" and grows well in zones 5 - 9. It naturalizes well and can be forced indoors.