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Hymenocallis narcissiflora (Peruvian daffodil)

Hymenocallis narcissiflora Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hymenocallis narcissiflora Common Name: Peruvian daffodil Synonyms: H. calathina, Ismene calathina Genus: Hymenocallis
This bulb blooms in early summer with striking, sweetly-scented white and yellow flowers that appear on leafless stems up to 24 inches tall. Petals curve up to accent a daffodil-like cup, sometimes with green-striped tubes. Peruvian daffodil has long, strap-shaped, arching, dark green leaves.
Care: Part sun and moist, well-drained soil are best. Bulbs may be grown in the ground or in pots and should be planted with the neck and shoulders exposed. May withstand short spells around freezing temperatures. Bulbs also do well in a cold greenhouse. In the garden, plant in spring and dig up for winter. Protect bulbs from excessive moisture when dormant.
Propagation: Remove offsets in spring.
Problems: Red leaf spot and mosaic virus.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Bulbs

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