Monday, May 10, 2010

Poet's Daffodil Blooming Season

Narcissus poeticus (Poet's Daffodil, Nargis, Pheasant's Eye, Findern Flower, and Pinkster Lily) was one of the first daffodils to be cultivated, and is frequently identified as the narcissus of ancient times - often associated with the Greek legend of Narcissus. Extremely fragrant, with a ring of petals in pure white and a short corona of light yellow with a distinct reddish edge, Poet's Daffodil grows to 20-40 cm tall and is widely naturalized in North America and Europe.

Use in perfume: Poet's Daffodil is cultivated in Holland and southern France for its essential oil, narcissus oil, one of the most popular fragrances used in perfumes. Narcissus oil is used as a principal ingredient in 11% of modern quality perfumes-including 'Fatale' and 'Samsara'-as a floral concrete or absolute. The oil's fragrance resembles a combination of jasmine and hyacinth.

This very special variety features a white perianth and a small yellow cup with an orange edge and green centre. Deliciously fragrant blooms. It is ideal for naturalizing. Most true species daffodils, the real "wildflowers" that have been hybridized for years, are very small plants, but this one is strong and tall with large flowers.

These bulbs are the best of the best of timeless, classic and elegant varieties that have been bred to relative perfection. These antique varieties have endured the test of time, and are as amazing as they were thousands of years ago.

There are only a handful of choices among "Poet's Daffodils"; they are so unique they create their own category among Dutch daffodil types. One is called "Old Pheasant's Eye" for obvious reasons. But we chose "Actaea" since we think it's a bit more beautiful. Both have the stunningly-colored short center cup in brilliant contrast colors against the flat background of pure white petals. You'll love this daffodil.