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Narcissus bulbocodium


Narcissus bulbocodium, the petticoat daffodil<ref>Template:PLANTS</ref> or hoop-petticoat daffodil,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to southern and western France, Portugal, and Spain. Some sources say that the species is also native to Morocco, but this is based on populations formerly thought to be varieties of N. bulbocodium but now regarded as separate species.<ref>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref>


Lemon yellow hoop petticoat daffodil from the side, with dew. (Narcissus bulbocodium)
Lemon yellow hoop petticoat daffodil from the front, with dew. (Narcissus bulbocodium)
White hoop petticoat daffodil (oblique)
White hoop petticoat daffodil

Narcissus bulbocodium is a variable, small, hardy bulbous perennial, growing to Template:Convert tall, with grass-like leaves, and deep yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in mid-Spring. The flower is unusual in that the central trumpet (corona) is exceptionally large in relation to the outer section (perianth) consisting of tiny pointed segments.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref> The Specific epithet bulbocodium means "woolly bulb".<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 289</ref> At 12 mm it has the smallest floral diameter amongst Narcissus.


Narcissus bulbocodium is a parent of several hybrids, including:-<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

  • N. × abilioi Fern.Casas (N. bulbocodium × N. jonquilla)
  • N. × brevitubulosus A.Fern. (N. bulbocodium × N. asturiensis)
  • N. × montcaunicus Fern.Casas (N. bulbocodium × N. eugeniae)
  • N. × lopezii Fern.Casas (N. obvallaris × N. bulbocodium)
  • N. × rozeirae Fern.Casas & Pérez-Chisc. (N. bulbocodium × N. pallidulus)
  • N. × barrae Fern.Casas (N. cantabricus 'Redouté' × N. bulbocodium)


Narcissus bulbocodium is widely planted in gardens, and can be naturalised in grass. It requires relatively dry conditions during the summer dormant period, so is suitable for planting beneath deciduous trees.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Numerous varieties and cultivars exist, including N. bulbocodium subsp. bulbocodium var. conspicuus (pale yellow flowers) and 'Golden Bells', a vigorous cultivar with long-lasting deep yellow flowers.<ref name=RHSAZ />

Narcissus bulbocodium has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>



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