Trumpet Narcissus, Trumpet Daffodil 'King Alfred'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: King Alfred
Hybridized by Kendall
Registered or introduced: pre 1899
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Division 1 - Trumpet


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

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:

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 good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bessemer, Alabama

Camden, Arkansas


Vincent, California

Erie, Colorado

Pueblo, Colorado

Cordele, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Nicholson, Georgia

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Quincy, Illinois

Westchester, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Coushatta, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Cumberland, Maryland

Billerica, Massachusetts

Hadley, Massachusetts

Ubly, Michigan

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

Munsonville, New Hampshire

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Tioga Center, New York

Morehead City, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio(2 reports)

Elyria, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

, Ontario

Klamath Falls, Oregon

North Bend, Oregon

Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Copperas Cove, Texas

Emory, Texas

Katy, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Willis, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

Falls Church, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Cascade Valley, Washington

DEER HARBOR, Washington

Issaquah, Washington

Moses Lake, Washington

Moses Lake North, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

FCC 1899
FA Haarlem 1921


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

This cultivar was introduced in 1899 and went out of commercial production about twenty years later, due to accumulating virus load. (This is a typical lifespan for a narcissus cultivar). It was a sensation in its day and became legendary because it was a huge leap forward in size and vigor from what had previously been available. Its popularity was so great that to this day other vigorous gold trumpet daffodils ('Dutch Master', 'Carlton', and others) are sold by good nurseries as "King Alfred type" daffodils and by unscrupulous ones as "King Alfred". They're ALL improvements on the original.

Today there is one boutique grower I know of who grows a very limited quantity, for premium prices, for use in historical recreations. All the rest are impostors.


On Dec 15, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I know for a fact I do not have King alfred nor does anyone else . this plant is long out of production and if you have it it is remnants from early last century . But what I can say is I do have King Alfred type , aka dutch master carlton or some other hybrid . what I do know is this (type) multiplies readily without cold and does well in the south . aka zone 8a . Purchased these bulbs from fort worth botanical garden labeled King alfred (type) . As I and anyone else knows the original King alfred has long since gone and done and improved and King alfred, and king alfred type are the only species available today .


On Dec 8, 2011, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love seeing the nodding blooms of the Daffodils. My fave. is the 'King Alfred' with the yellow flowers. I have just planted a pack in hopes of large spring blooms!


On Nov 28, 2010, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the work-horse of daffs. Reliable, sturdy, and multiplies quickly. I have a whole platoon of these around and about my gardens, and love their solid yellow every spring.


On Apr 18, 2006, Greenharvest from Hadley, MA wrote:

I transplanted several bulbs of this type to my garden from another spot, about 4 yrs ago. I got the green leaves each spring, about middle April, but never any bloom. This week, I have the first bloom. It is a beautiful, vibrant yellow flower, larger and stronger than the previous blooms in the other spot. Guess the plant was busy establishing its roots, and getting used to the spot. Glad I waited, and didn't give up on them!


On Apr 11, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the oldest known daffodil I grow, having bought one dozen bulbs more than twenty years ago. Since that time I have donated/given away many times over that number in excess bulbs! It multiplies rapidly over the years, and in my opinion need dug, separated and replanted after 4-5 years. I like to keep them in evenly moist soil that is well drained and fertile. They are exceptionally hardy, and I cannot ever remember losing a bulb due to weather or disease. The cheerful yellow color is very welcome in early spring.