Beyond the burst of spring color, daffodils indicate how microclimates vary across a neighborhood or in sections of a yard. When planted as a border they offer a barrier against predation from mammals. A bright beginning to the spring phenological clock.
Common Name: Daffodil
Scientific Name: Narcissus spp.
- Spring ephemeral groundcover
- Bulbs outcompete grass roots
- Deters squirrel, deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and voles
Forest Garden Designing
- Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
- Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
- Layer Use: Herbaceous, root
- Flowering: April
- Leaf Shape: Narrow leaf blades
- Height: 3-12″
- Width: indefinite
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-10
- Light: Full-part sun
- Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
- Moisture: Dry to moist soils; will not tolerate waterlogged locations
- pH: 6-7
Easy to propagate from bulblets that are peeled off the parent bulb or underground stem and planted in fall; will self-naturalize and slowly spread in an area.
Allow the plants to grow until they die off; deadhead if a tidy appearance is desired.