The daffodil show continues

Jim McKenney
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:47:24 PST
The mini-show of mini-daffodils continues in my protected cold frame. This
week a plant received as Narcissus albidus foliosus is blooming. It’s a
charming white-flowered hoop petticoat type. It's the fifth daffodil to
bloom since the season began in September. 

I need help with Narcissus nomenclature. Narcissus cantabricus is apparently
still regarded as a good species, but N. albidus is not. Both N. cantabricus
and N. albidus have varieties named foliosus. Are the plants once called
Narcissus albidus now considered to be forms of N. cantabricus? And if so
and assuming the two varieties named foliosus are distinct, what are these
two varieties currently being called? It’s all very confusing to me. The
plant I have under cantabricus foliosus bloomed over a month ago; the one
under albidus foliosus is just starting. 

In a few days, a plant of Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ growing in a
less well protected frame will be open (it has already started to open but
it’s going to be cold).  Also about to bloom: a daffodil received as
Narcissus albidus kesticus (which I think I've seen named N. cantabricus
kesticus also). 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where Crocus sieberi 'Firefly' is blooming in the protected frame. 
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