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N. jonquilla, JONQUIL, EARLY LOUISIANA, 1612
“The sweetest smelling flower your grandmother grew,” says our friend Celia Jones of Sisters’ Bulb Farm near Shreveport, and for many Southerners N. jonquilla’s fragrance is the essence of spring. With clusters of nickel-sized flowers that seem made for fairies, our true, American-heirloom “French” strain blooms much earlier than the widely-offered Dutch strains. A.k.a. Sweeties, Simplex, Cologne Bottle, and more; 13 Y-Y, 8-10”, zones 6b-8b(10bWC), from Texas. Chart to compare.
DA21Add to basket:3/$11.755/$18.5010/$3525/$79.5050/$147
KING ALFRED, 1899        Rarest
True stock! You may think you’ve grown this icon, but since the 1950s most bulbs sold in the US as ‘King Alfred’ have been newer, over-sized impostors that were easier to mass-produce in the mild, moist Dutch climate. We waited years to get the real ‘King’ from Holland’s greatest daffodil collector, and here it is, gold, bold, and everything a world famous icon should be. 1Y-Y, 21-23”, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA23Add to basket:3/$10.755/$1710/$3225/$72.5050/$135
LOUISE DE COLIGNY, 1940        Rarest
So many of you asked for this sweet-scented, apricot beauty that we kept knocking on doors until we found the one last Dutch farmer growing it. Its form can be unruly, but its apricot shading and light, enchanting perfume have won it many fans. Its name honors the remarkable wife of William the Silent. 2W-YYP, 18-20”, zones 4a-8a(10bWC). Chart to compare.
DA989Add to basket:5/$12.5010/$23.5025/$5450/$100100/$185
LUCIFER, 1890        Rarest
We’re big fans of this vibrant Victorian that was born in Ireland and named for the Archangel himself. Look with your imagination and you’ll see a reflection of heavenly wings in its long white petals, and a hint of what’s to come in its fiery cup. 2 W-YOO, 16-18”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA73Add to basket:3/$11.755/$18.5010/$3525/$79.5050/$147
One of the most popular doubles of the 20th-century, ‘Mary’ combines a flurry of creamy white petals with shorter, frilly bits of lemon, orange, and tangerine. She’s livelier and more informal than her daffodil sister ‘Irene’ — though apparently this wasn’t true of the real Mary and Irene. For Mary’s true story, told to us by her niece, click here. 4 W-O, 16-20”, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA25Add to basket:3/$8.505/$13.5010/$25.5025/$57.5050/$106
N. x italicus, MINOR MONARQUE, 1809        Web-Only
Often the first tazetta to bloom in the new year, this sturdy pass-along plant has narrow, pointed petals that make its clustered blooms look like fistfuls of stars. As Texas bulb expert Thad Howard wrote, it’s “enduring, sweet-scented” and “deserves more respect and popularity.” 8W-Y, 20”, zones 8a-9b(10bWC), from Alabama. Chart to compare.
DA963Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
N. MOSCHATUS, 1604        Rarest
Swans-Neck, Goose-Neck, Silver Bells — if you’re looking for that elusive Southern heirloom, this form of the wild N. moschatus may not be 100% identical but probably even your granny couldn’t tell them apart. It’s short and sweet, with creamy white blooms that nod demurely, the epitome of spring. Aka N. cernuus, 13 W-W, 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA979Add to basket:3/$9.755/$15.5010/$2925/$6650/$122
Known for decades as THE pink daffodil, ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ is one of the landmark bulbs of the 20th century. She’s more truly ivory and apricot, but so beautiful — a veritable sunrise for those who watch closely — that most modern pinks just can’t compare. 2 W-P, 16-18”, zones 4a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA26Add to basket:5/$9.5010/$1825/$4150/$76100/$141
MRS. LANGTRY, 1869        Rarest
Named for Lily Langtry, the spirited actress whose affair with King-to-be Edward VII titillated Victorian England, this rare beauty has milk-white petals and a crinkled canary cup that matures to cream. Guy Wilson, famed breeder of new daffodils, wrote in 1929, “I hope we shall not lose altogether some of the older flowers of such undeniable beauty and grace as ‘Mrs. Langtry’.” 2 W-WWY, 18-20”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland’s greatest daffodil collector. Chart to compare.
DA48Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
NIVETH, 1931        Rarest
This refined, up-town cousin of everybody’s favorite ‘Thalia’ sets the hearts of daffodil connoisseurs aflutter. It’s sublimely graceful, with smoother, thicker, more shapely petals of a white that expert Michael Jefferson-Brown calls “dazzling in its purity.” 5 W-W, 18-20”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
DA994Add to basket:3/$15.505/$24.5010/$4625/$104.5050/$194
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