REPLY: [pbs] Narcissus vs. Daffodils

Jim McKenney
Tue, 16 Mar 2004 14:10:29 PST
Dave Karnstedt wrote:

>The Dutch really confuse things by referring to trumpet and large cup 
>daffodils as "Daffodils" and the small cupped forms (i.e., Division 3) as

Go back and read your Parkinson: the small cupped forms were Narcissus, the
trumpet forms Pseudonarcissus. The usage you disparage is essentially
Parkinson's usage, too, although Parkinson would have said "bastard
Daffodill" instead of simply daffodil. 

Evidently this distinction, which is probably at least four hundred years
old, makes sense to the layman.  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, zone 7, where I'm wondering if the old
daffodil variety Spurius got its name via the old name "bastard Daffodill".

>Dave Karnstedt
>Cascade Daffodils
>Silverton, Oregon  97381-0237
>email:  davekarn@!
>Cool Mediterranean, USDA Zone 7-8
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