The well formed flowers have a tidy white perianth and a deep yellow cup. Five to ten flowers open on each stem. The blooms have a fantastic, subtle orangey honey fragrance. They flower very early in the season, bringing colour and scent to winter days. It is robust, a good naturaliser and a great cut flower. It also makes a good choice for forcing. A Mediterranean native, it grows well in warmer climes.
Narcissus 'Chinese Sacred Lily' has been in cultivation for over a thousand years in Egypt and Israel. In China it blooms over the Chinese New Year period (but for us Jul/Aug) and its cup is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. It is endemic to the middle east and travelled to China in 863. It came with the Chinese to America in the 1800's with the Californian Gold Rush, where it naturalised in the area and blooms to this day.
They come into leaf earlier than most daffodils so in heavy, late frost areas they may be damaged. Tolerant of part shade in warm climates.
Daffodils are easy, they like the simple things in life; plenty of sun and a well drained soil. It is this sunny disposition that is appealing to gardeners worldwide. We choose the best varieties for our Australian conditions so you are guaranteed success.
Plant Woodland Daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your Scented Daffodils 10-20cm apart, more if you are leaving the bulbs in to naturalise.
Once the flowering has finished you can remove the flower stem. Allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed. The Daffodil bulbs use the foliage to gather energy and nutrients at this time for next year’s blooms. Keep the plants relatively moist during this time, and add a little high potash fertiliser. Daffodils like Potash and slow release fertiliser brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less foliage). They are not heavy feeders.
Very early season
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Light Shade