14 Daffodil Facts You Need to Know

Find out how long daffodils bloom, how deep to plant daffodil bulbs, where to see a daffodil festival, and more exciting daffodil facts.

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What Do Daffodils Look Like?

The botanical hallmark of a daffodil is the three petals and three sepals that surround the cup- or trumpet-shaped corona.

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What Are These Flowers Really Called?

And there’s actually zero difference between a narcissus and a daffodil—they’re the same plant. Narcissus is the botanical name, while daffodil is how it’s commonly known.

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How Deep Should You Plant Daffodil Bulbs?

When choosing a location for daffodil planting in fall, look for sunny, well-drained spots. Dig about 12 inches deep, amend your soil if necessary, and plant bulbs so the pointed end is at least two times as deep as the bulb is high. Plant them before the ground freezes.

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When Is the Best Time to Transplant Daffodils?

Yes, you can transplant daffodils to another spot in your yard. Dig up the bulbs eight weeks after the blooms fade in spring. Make sure the bulbs and foliage stay undamaged.

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Try Miniature Daffodils for Small Gardens

Miniature daffodils consist of tiny half-inch flowers with more than two blooms per stem. After you read these daffodil facts, check out fascinating facts about tulips.

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How Long Do Daffodils Bloom?

Bloom time differs a lot based on your location and the cultivar. In general, most daffodils will bloom for up to six weeks.

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Are Daffodils Perennials?

Once planted, you’ll enjoy daffodils for many years to come. A prospering field of naturalized daffodils can bloom for up to 50 years.

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What Are the Best Daffodil Varieties?

According to Noel Kingsbury, author of Daffodil from Timber Press, seven of the best tried and tested all-around varieties are Carlton, Dutch Master, Golden Rapture, King Alfred, Kingscourt, Marieke and St. Keverne.

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You’ll Never Run Out of New Daffodils to Grow

Undeniably, this is one of the most surprising daffodil facts! There are an astonishing 25,000-plus daffodil cultivars and about 200 species. Thirteen different daffodil classifications exist, including large- and small-cupped, double, jonquilla and trumpet.

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Take Care With Daffodils in Arrangements

If you’re intending to display any of your daffodil varieties as cut flowers, keep in mind that because of a chemical compound, daffodils can kill tulips and roses if they’re put together in a vase. To minimize this effect, soak daffodils alone for at least one hour, and don’t recut the stems.

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What is the American Daffodil Society?

The American Daffodil Society formed in 1954 to promote interest in daffodils and encourage research and education.

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Celebrate Spring at a Daffodil Festival

The Daffodil Festival and parade in Washington’s Puyallup Valley began in 1934. The parade travels through four cities and features floats covered in thousands of fresh-cut daffodils.

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Daffodils in Mythology

In Ovid’s mythical poem Metamorphoses from 8 A.D., a daffodil-like flower replaces the self-absorbed Narcissus after he dies.

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Ancient Egyptian Daffodil History

Outside of myth, Egyptian Pharoah Ramses II was buried with a daffodil bulb on each eye.

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"A longtime journalist and avid gardener, Erica Browne Grivas' writing explores the interplay of humans and nature. In addition to Birds & Blooms, she writes for publications like the Seattle Times, Horticulture, GardenRant, Pacific Horticulture and Digger Magazine, as well as contributing two columns for local Washington newspapers on gardening and health and wellness. She is a content consultant for Pacific Horticulture, aiding with website language, overall content, and video production. Garden Communicators International has awarded her both Silver and Gold medals of excellence for her garden features and columns. She has studied landscape design, worked in nurseries on two coasts, and represented garden media nationally as a director of Garden Communicators International. Before turning her attention to gardening, she started in journalism writing for the New York Post and then in television production at "Inside Edition." She loves sharing accurate, inspiring information to help people experience the joy of engaging with nature."