Pseudonarcissus lobularis or obvallaris - wild daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus or wild daffodil will spread by self-sowing in grass and beneath trees and shrubs. It's the longest lasting, easiest and most successful daff to grow for naturalising. It has creamy white petals and yellow trumpet.
Pseudonarcissus flowers in March and grows to a height of 20/25cms. Very hardy. The bulbs of pseudonarcissus are much smaller than you might expect for Narcissus, and they sometimes may not all flower the first year but will in time as the bulbs increase in size.
Narcissus lobularis or obvallaris bulbs are best grown in cool meadows or grassland in groups about 7cm deep. Try and mimic a swathe rather than a block. Do not mow or fertilise the grass till they have gone quite dormant in July; this period of replenishment of the bulb''s starchy food reserves is critical to future flowering. Over the years they will bulk up, and look after themselves and with the addition of some very simple other natives - Fritillaria meleagris, cowslips, primula - they would make a very attractive spring meadow.
Pseudonarcissus are available in packs of 10, 25 and 50 bulbs. Larger quantaties on request. Please note that these are conventional untreated bulbs grown in an environment friendly way.
Flowers March/AprilPlanting depth 8-10cm deep.
Height 20 cm
Time to plant September to November