Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis
Narcissus lobularis

Narcissus lobularis

"Lent lily"

Narcissus lobularis

10 Bulbs — £6.50

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Description

Although one of the common names for Narcissus lobularis is the wild daffodil (in addition to the Lent lily), it is far superior than almost any wild plant we can think of! Narcissus lobularis has dainty flowers comprising a beautiful deep yellow trumpet and twisted, cream-yellow tapering outer petals (perianth segments). In early spring, the nodding flowers may be as much as 7cm across.

It is believed that this is the narcissus that inspired one of the most famous poems in the English language: Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, whilst he was walking along the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District. Garden forms of this plant are generally more upright than those seen growing in the wild. All have grey-green leaves, up to 50cm long.  

Narcissus lobularis is wonderful when planted in borders, flowerbeds, rockeries and woodlands. However, it is also the perfect narcissus for naturalising—the flowers produce seeds, and it self-sows readily; in a wild area of the garden, you will end up with gorgeous clumps of them. The bulbs of this narcissus are small—but the plants that grow from them pack a punch!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Naturalising

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Narcissus lobularis

  • Flower colour

    Cream, yellow

  • Bulb size

    5/6

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    75 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial, Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun, Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Meadows
    Pots
    Woodland gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Clay
    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Narcissus lobularis bulbs from mid to late autumn

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade

    • Plant your "Lent lily" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart

    • Place the Narcissus lobularis bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards

    Read all Narcissus planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

60 seconds: Daffodils

Plant Narcissus bulbs at a depth of roughly three times the height of the bulb. Always ensure that the pointed end faces upwards towards the soil surface. In borders or grass, daffodil bulbs should be planted at a distance of roughly twice their width apart.

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