sweetcicely's picture

Daffodils growing in a garden abandoned decades ago

Observed: 28th May 2013 By: sweetcicelysweetcicely’s reputation in Plants

Growing not far from the tumbledown walls of an abandoned stone built farmhouse, this daffodil is streaked green. Do cultivars revert to this or is it how the daffodil would have looked many decades ago when the building was last occupied?

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steve_t's picture

Daffodil key.

A key for daffodils can be found here, http://www.botanicalkeys.co.uk/flora/content/daffodil.html

AlanS's picture


Yes, a very good key.

He has followed past Stace & Flora Europaea (as distinct from most other Narcissus specialists) in including several quite different taxa all lumped into N. pseudonarcissus as subspecies, a valid point of view but one I think is a pity.

He doesn't include N. bicolor, a species in cultivation by the very early 1800s, long since replaced in cultivation by various cultivars, but very locally naturalised (in Wigtownshire and western Wales).


AlanS's picture

Narcissus 'Telamonius Plenus'

As indicated by Steve_t in his ID, this is an ancient cultivar dating from the early 1600s. Many prefer the name Narcissus 'Van Sion' but 'Telamonius Plenus' is the valid name. Its origin is unknown, but my own suspicion is that it arose from N. hispanicus x obvallaris - but this is little more than guesswork.

Whatever, it is well naturalised in parts of Wales and western Scotland (even more so in Ireland I believe) and I have it in numerous locations in my own vice-county. Stace wrongly places it under N. pseudonarcissus, and really it should have its own entry - it is a widespread, and now independent taxon.

It would be good to have this coming up in the iSpot database. Can I suggest that it is not helpful to add agreement to the "Daffodil (Narcissus)" ID above, as we can be more precise than that.