Narcissus dwarf species and hybrids

Dwarf narcissi are somewhat wasted in the open garden, for one cannot appreciate their miniature charm at ground level, and after flowering, the tiny bulbs are often forked over and lost, so that they never make large clumps. But in troughs and sinks, they can be intimately seen and every small feature enjoyed.

There are hundreds of varieties grown by nurserymen who grow for the rock garden, and all are just as suitable for pots. To select a few, there is the hoop petticoat daffodil, N. bulbocodium, a variable but always attractive species with little trumpets rounded like crinolines, the varieties ranging from 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 cm) high. There is the scented species from the Pyrenees, N. requienii, with several tiny flowers to a stem 5 inches (12.5 cm) high, and there is the slightly taller cyclamineus hybrid, Tete-a-Tete’, with reflexed petals. All would look springlike mixed with scillas in a wide container. Grow them in a gritty compost, planting quite close together, as you will probably be treating them as spring bedding plants, to be replaced after flowering with bedding plants for a summer display.

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