Paperwhite narcissus Narcissus 'Nazareth' Photo/Illustration: Susan Kahn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus 'Nazareth') nar-SIS-us Synonyms: N. 'Yael' Genus: Narcissus This tender paperwhite is well-suited to forcing, blooming 3 weeks after planting. It produces creamy white flowers with yellow centers on compact stems 12 to 14 inches tall, and exudes a mildly sweet fragrance. Care: Grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade (see individual species for specific requirements). In autumn, plant bulbs from 1.5 times to 5 times the bulbs' height (3 inches or more in cold climates). Under glass, grow in 1 part grit and 2 parts soil mix. Deadhead seed heads (except those of species, for dispersal) and allow leaves to photosynthesize for 6 weeks before cutting back, including plantings in turf. Lift and divide clumps if they become overcrowded or perform poorly. Bulbs may be forced in autumn in a cold frame; plant with tops visible, keep moist, and when rooted, move to a cool greenhouse (less than 64°F). Propagation: Separate bulbs and replant in early summer or early fall. Problems: Narcissus bulb fly, narcissus nematode, bulb scale mite, slugs, narcissus basal rot, other fungal infections, narcissus yellow stripe virus, and other viruses. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Spring Flower Color White, Primrose Yellow Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Cottage Garden, Formal Garden Seasonal Interest Winter Interest Tolerance Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant Type Bulbs Related Plants to Narcissus 'Nazareth' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperwhite narcissus Narcissus papyraceus 'Ziva' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperwhite narcissus Narcissus 'Chinese Sacred Lily' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperwhite narcissus Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperwhite narcissus Narcissus 'Jerusalem' View the discussion thread.