Narcissus romieuxii

Tony Avent
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:53:44 PST

We grow Narcissus romieuxii outdoors and love it in the garden.  Rain and
snow causes the flowers to droop, but they pop back quickly after the
precipitation has finished, since we do have sun in the winter.  Our oldest
clumps have been in the ground since 2003.  Here are three image from our

Tony Avent
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Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
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-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Jane McGary
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:22 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Narcissus romieuxii

Diane in British Columbia wrote,

>Wonderful!  Prior to this,  I've only seen pictures of them in pots in 
>the U.K..  I'm so pleased to see them growing so well outside.  That's 
>where my seedlings will go.

It's somewhat wetter in winter where I live in Oregon, but I find that
Narcissus romieuxii is not a good choice for outdoor planting because the
flowers (which are delicate in texture, and upfacing) get ruined by the
rain. I've also grown N. cantabricus outdoors, with the same results. They
look nicer under the cover of the unheated bulb frames, which are full of
flowers right now from narcissus of this group. They hybridize freely, so I
don't send the seeds to exchanges, but they drop and are distributed around
between the pots and many attractive forms appear.

A couple of years ago Walter Blom of Albany, Oregon, a retired bulb grower,
showed me his selections and hybrids involving N. cantabricus and N.
romieuxii and shared a couple of named ones with me. They're quite vigorous.
He grows them in raised frames ("alpine frames") that can be covered against
excessive wet.

Many other small narcissus are coming into flower now, and a few, such as N.
hedraeanthus, are already done. In the garden only N. 
obvallaris (the "English daffodil") is open, and also the surprisingly
adaptable N. jacetanus, a short-growing trumpet species of which I placed a
few in the rock garden several years ago. The latter is, I understand, very
restricted in distribution and habitat, but it is a vigorous plant here. I
grew it from wild-collected seed many years ago.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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