Double Narcissus, Double Daffodil 'White Lion'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: White Lion
Hybridized by de Graaff-Gerharda
Registered or introduced: pre 1949
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Division 4 - Double


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

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)

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



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 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

Merced, California

Orlando, Florida

Downers Grove, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Sandown, New Hampshire

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Morehead City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Graham, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

*HC(g) 1956
*AM(g) 1958
*FCC(g) 1968
*AM(p) 1975
AGM 1993
AM Haarlem 1939
FCC Haarlem 1944
AM Haarlem 1953

(Mary Copeland x John Evelyn)


On May 27, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

These were planted in my garden way back in 2002 and still are coming back strong.. They were planted 6-8 inches down in clumps of 6. These start flowering in my yard in Downers Grove Illinois the 3rd week of April.. Love them!


On May 4, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I planted some daffodils that my grandma was thinning out, probably two years ago (2009). They haven't bloomed till this year (2011) because they are planted between our house and the next and only get early morning and mid- to late-afternoon sun. I'm not sure of the variety, but they look like this one: white perianth, white corona with some yellow.

I'm not as fond of double daffodils as I am of normal ones, so I hope to find a new home for these bulbs.


On Oct 13, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Planted the White Lion bulbs last winter. They were grown in containers, and placed where they'd get sun and rain.

They were magnificient. Fragrant and beautiful.

If these bulbs are available this year, will plant even more of them.