These daffodils are recommended by GDS members who have found them to grow well, year after year. This is not to say many other varieties won’t thrive in the region, only that these have done well.
For general bulb merchants carrying a good variety of daffodils, and specialty daffodil growers, visit the American Daffodil Society’s web page at www.daffodilusa.org.
Daffodils are coded by their general shape (the numeral) and then by their petal color (or “perianth”) followed by the cup (“corona”) color. Thus 1Y-Y translates to a trumpet (Division 1 type flower) yellow petals – yellow cup. A W-YYR flower has white petals and a mostly yellow cup with a red rim.
Color codes: G – green O – orange, P – pink, R – red, W – white, Y – yellow.
(For an explanation of the Division codes and associated flower forms, please visit the ADS web site.)
‘Accent’ 2W-P– In 1960 this was a break through flower for white-pink daffodils, developed by renowned American hybridizer Grant Mitsch. A rewarding garden flower.
‘Beryl’ 6W-YYO – An historic, intermediate sized flower of cyclamineus ancestry (accounting for its windswept or “reflexed” petals) dating from 1907. On the show table it still takes ribbons when pitted against other old time varieties. And in the garden it is a treasure without peer.
‘Bobwhite’ 7Y-Y – This jonquil hybrid is a Grant Mitsch winner, with great texture and substance.
‘Bravoure’ 1W-Y – Like its name it is big, bold and vigorous.
‘Cassata’ 11aW-W – This split cup (corona) beauty is floriferous and vigorous. Its ruffled yellow cup quickly turns to a milky white – a real attention-getter.
‘Delibes’ 2Y-YYO – This yellow-orange flower always attracts attention and blooms with abandon.
‘Dick Wellband’ 2W-O – Not easy to find, but worth the search. Its vivid orange cup contrasts beautifully with its ivory white petals. A sensation upon its introduction in 1921.
‘Falstaff’ 2Y-O – A long-lasting flower, its intense orange cup contrasts nicely with its broad yellow petals. Plant it in a partially shaded spot where it will not “burn” or fade.
‘February Gold’ 6Y-Y – A very early bloomer that forms clumps with numerous graceful flowers in February, when its bright yellow is most welcome. Its windswept look has been a favorite since 1923.
‘Firestreak’ 11bW-R/OW– A split cup flower that is bright and withstands heavy weather better than most of its kind.
‘Fortune’ 2Y-O – This truly historic variety (1917) was a block-buster when it hit the daffodil world with its large orange cup and wide, flat yellow petals. Many modern yellow-orange and yellow-red daffodils can claim it as an ancestor.
‘Gin and Lime’ 1Y-WWY – A reverse bicolor trumpet, the trumpet fades to white while the petals stay a light yellow.
‘Ice Follies’ 2W-W – One of the most widely grown daffodils, it is also one of the most industrial in constitution and excellent for naturalized large drifts or public plantings. It opens with a yellow frilled cup that matures to creamy white against white petals.
‘Johann Strauss’ 2W-O – This large cup flower features a showy tangerine-orange cup; it is also a strong grower. Partial shade will help keep the cup color from “burning” or fading.
‘Mount Hood’ 1W-W – There are other white trumpet daffodils with more refinement and grace, but none performs as well in Georgia. Introduced in 1937, it has been a best-seller ever since. The trumpet opens creamy yellow but matures to white.
‘Oklahoma’ 1W-Y – Bicolor trumpets that excel in Georgia’s climate are few and far between. This one, with its clean contracting colors, is a welcome exception.
‘Peeping Tom’ 6Y-Y – Also like its name, it seems to be leaning forward and listening where it has no business to be. It is big and floriferous; an early bloomer that provides a great splash of color.
‘Red Aria’ 2O-R – A well colored flower, it can withstand some afternoon shade and not diminish its blooming.
‘Tete-a-Tete’ 12Y-Y – Probably the most popular miniature daffodil. Its name comes from the frequency with which it produces two nodding florets per stem.
‘Triller’ 7Y-O – A jonquil hybrid with exceptionally long stems, it can take neglect well in stride. Like most jonquil hybrids it loves a good summer baking so plant in full sun.
‘Unsurpassable’ 1Y-Y – Though never a “show” flower, it is extremely showy in the garden where its giant yellow trumpet stands out even from a distance.
‘Baby Moon’ 7Y-Y
‘Crystal Blanc’ 2W-W
‘Dove Wings’ 6W-Y
‘Niveth’ 5 W-W
Selected Historics (“Heirlooms”) :
‘Orange Phoenix’ 4W-O
‘Orange Queen’ 7Y-Y
‘Barrett Browning’ 3WWY-O
‘White Lady’ 3W-Y
‘Queen of the North’ 3W-Y
‘Telemonious Plenus’ 4Y-Y
‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ 2W-P
Species and Species Hybrids:
N. pseudonarcissus 13Y-Y – Its common names include “Early Virginia” and “Lent lily.” As the most widely distributed wild species across Europe, it comes as no surprise that it is the most common species found in the South, as immigrants brought their daffodil bulbs with them. Short, graceful and an ancestor of modern trumpets, it was immortalized in Wordsworth’s poem.
N. obvallaris 13Y-Y – Better known as “Tenby,” it was considered a wildflower from Wales. Related to N. pseudonarcissus, it is an all-yellow trumpet but with a slightly darker color and a more square look to its shorter trumpet. Its distinctive look garners it a devoted following.
N. jonquilla 13Y-Y – Often called “sweeties,” these little yellow flowers with their unruly rush-like foliage are the ancestor of all “jonquils,” giving them its characteristic fragrance, deep yellow color, and multiple florets to a stem. A number of “strains” are commercially available, varying slightly in appearance and blooming time.
N. x odorus 13Y-Y – Also called “Campernelli” or “Campernelle,” this is a hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. pseudonarcissus. First described in 1601, it is known for its jonquil fragrance and its propensity to produce florets with only five or four petals, sometimes on the same stem as a floret with six petals.
N. x medioluteus 13W-Y – “Twin Sisters,” “April Beauties” or “Cemetery Sisters,” its two florets per stem often close out the blooming season in April. As a late bloomer it can take light afternoon shade later in the spring.