Tazetta Narcissus, Paperwhite Daffodil, Paperwhites 'Geranium'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Geranium
Hybridized by van der Schoot
Registered or introduced: pre 1930
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Division 8 - Tazetta


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

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)

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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


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

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Juneau, Alaska

Cazadero, California

Garberville, California

Menifee, California

San Diego, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Canton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Winnetka, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Hudsonville, Michigan

Sparks, Nevada

Buffalo, New York

Glen Cove, New York

South Richmond Hill, New York

Morehead City, North Carolina

Toledo, Ohio

, Ontario

Conway, South Carolina

Fate, Texas

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Falls Church, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Issaquah, Washington

North Bend, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 15, 2016, Ves from Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a stunning heirloom daffodil with abundant clusters of beautiful white flower petals with yellowish orange cup. The scent is extraordinary. Since it's a hardy tazetta, easily naturalizing outdoors in zone 5, it's not generally classified as a tender paperwhite. They are among the last daffies to bloom in my garden and look spectacular when combined with lower-growing bulbs that bloom around the same time, such as blue muscaris, or just on their own.


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

*FCC(g) 1952
*AM(p) 1975
*FCC(p) 1977
AGM 1995
AM Haarlem 1931


On Apr 24, 2015, fawnandflora from South Jordan, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Nice scent, attracts pollinators. One stem is really a little bouquet all by itself.


On Mar 29, 2011, fairygothmom from Glen Cove, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bought these bulbs as part of an end-of-season sale two variety pack in a wholesale club back in '05. Planted them and some large crocuses on the north side of my house right up against my porch and crossed my fingers. They've just come up beautifully for the fifth year in a row and I need to thin them when their season ends because they have no room left to spread.


On Apr 13, 2010, BloomingNewYork from New York, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very beautiful daffodil and one of th most fragrant I've had rivaled only by the more musky paperwhite. The scent is sweet and light and when i smelt it a little after it bloomed, i got a small hint of lemon. This daffodil is stunning with just about any other spring bulb. I paired mine with 'Peter Stuyvestant' hyacinths and the effect was amazing because of the nice complementing colors and the two flowers' intense aroma. I love the brilliant white petals highlighted by the bright yellow orange cup and the fact that there are as much as 6 blooms on each stalk.


On May 4, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

A nice daffodil with a nice contrast with the bright orange and white. This is an especiallly late one to bloom.


On Nov 18, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful and very fragrant with a sweet smell! Love this one!


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

This tazetta cultivar is great for forcing indoors and reaches a height of 16". It also naturalizes well outdoors.


On May 29, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

3-5 extremely fragrant flowers per stem. Petals are a brilliant white, the small cup is light orange. Heirloom, 1930