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Multi-headed Daffodil?

Posted by wild_forager 6b (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 20, 08 at 13:27

I bought 5 daffodil bulbs a month ago and planted them. They have all come up (though the neighbrohood kids chopped the first 4 to come up to pieces). But strangely the fifth one to come up must have split, and sent up two stalks. I realize thats normal, but each stalk has 2 to 3 flower heads on it. I've never seen this before, and the flower heads are very small and not yellow like my other daffodils were. Also, the flower buds before bloom looked very odd, though I can't describe it. Here are some pictures. Is this normal? Whatever it is might be genetic because the two divisions have the same issue.

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RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

I got a bunch of these in a mixed bag of daffodils I planted last fall. They're different, delicate and look nice in a vase with singles. Some are pale yellow with bright yellow centers and others have more orange centers.

Since I wasn't naturalizing in a field or anything I'll never buy another bag of "mixed" daffodils. I certainly didn't visualize a mish-mash of heights and all the other flower variables. Live and learn.

Now I just have to decide when to move them in a more pleasing planting arrangement. They're not in the right places to easily interplant with perennials and annuals to hide dying foliage and achieve 3 season interest in garden.

Luckily it's small and in back of house so it only bothers me to no end and nobody else cares. They were just amazed I got anything to flower...LOL.

RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

There are about a zillion different forms and cultivars of narcissus - I'd have to say that the standard yellow ones (i.e., King Alfreds or other trumpets) are probably even in the minority :-) What you have is a cluster flowering narcissus and there are many - tazettas, triandrus, most of the doubles and some of poeticus narcissus will produce multiple flowers on a single stalk or a cluster of flowers. The pictures are too small to detect specifics but these are very common, often fragrant and I find them far more appealing than the rather coarse looking (by comparison) trumpet narcissus.

RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

Hi wild_forager,

I can't get your pics to load this AM (operator error-me-maybe?) but saw them yesterday. I think they might be Cheerfulness, a Division 4 (double) daffodil.

Cheerfulness at Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Below is a link to the different Divisions of Daffs.

Sue...a daff lover

Here is a link that might be useful: Daff Divisions per the American Daffodil Society

RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

Thanks for the info everyone! It was supposed to be a regular yellow one flower bulb, but apparently it got mixed up somehow.

RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

I too have some of these, and I love them. Mine came from a bag of mixed also so I figured hey, they all weren't common and some are better than others.

RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

in my garden I have planted 10 daffodil bulbs and 8 of them have come up as multi headed. I would like to know if they are common, and if they only come in a small form?


RE: Multi-headed Daffodil?

Triandus, Jonquilla and Tazettas all have the multi-bloom heads. Fairly common here.

Check out Chermocurl's link.

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