Not sure where to begin when selecting your naricissus? Here is a primer on the daffodil divisions.
Division 1: Trumpet daffodils
The cup is as long or longer than the petals with one bloom per stem.
Division 2: Large-cupped daffodils
The cup is shorter than the length of the petals, but not less than 1/3 the length. One bloom per stem.
Division 3: Small-cupped daffodils
The cup length is less than 1/3 the length of the petals. One bloom per stem.
Division 4: Double daffodils
These look a bit like carnations as they lack the classic fluted cup. The cup, petals or both can be double.
Division 5: Triandrus daffodils
These daffodils hang from the stem like a pendant, usually in clusters of two or more blooms per stem.
Division 6: Cyclamineus daffodils
The petals are pushed back and the cup stands out straight, giving it a wind-blown look. One bloom per stem.
Division 7: Jonquilla daffodils
Often fragrant, with small blooms, flat petals and narrow stems. One to three blooms per stem.
Division 8: Tazetta daffodils
Fragrant clusters of small flowers bloom on one solid stem. Usually three to 20 flowers per stem.
Division 9: Poeticus daffodils
Brilliant white petals and a flat, disk-like cup set this division apart. The cups are usually soft yellow with a green-tinged centre and red/orange rim. One bloom per stem.
Division 10: Bulbocodium hybrids
With a proportionally large bowl-shaped cup that dwarfs its tiny petals, these don’t look like daffodils at all.
Division 11: Split-cupped daffodils
These daffodils have a cup that is split, usually cleft at the halfway mark. The cup then peels back, forming what looks like a second layer of petals.
Division 12: Miscellaneous daffodils
An umbrella division for any non-wild daffodils that don’t fall into the first 11 divisions. Most of these daffodils are cross-divisional hybrids.
Division 13: Species, wild variants and wild hybrids
Wild, natural daffodils make up this division.
Any division can have miniature versions. To be classified as miniature, the blossom is usually less than 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
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