Narcissus jonquilla L.
Jonquil, Wild Jonquil, Rush Daffodil
Hermione jonquilla, Hermione juncifolia, Hermione similis, Jonquilla juncifolia, Jonquilla odora, Narcissus juncifolius, Narcissus similis, Philogyne minor, Queltia jonquilla, Queltia juncifolia, Tityrus jonquilla
Color: Golden yellow
Bloom Time: Late spring
Narcissus jonquilla is a bulbous perennial plant. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and features 1 to 5, usually fragrant flowers per stem. Each flower has spreading perianth segments (petals) and a small corona (cup). The flower color is golden yellow. It is a late-flowering species and blooms in late spring. Narrow, rush-like, dark green leaves appear in upright clumps of 2 to 4.
How to Grow and Care
For established plants, place them in bright light as on an east or south windowsill. Bulbs that have not sprouted should be kept away from direct sunlight until new growth emerges and the plants are established.
Many people start Narcissus from bulbs. First, plant the bulbs in moist potting media with the pointed end facing up if you're doing this. Keep the soil continuously moist but not soaking. They can also be grown directly in stones or gravel by suspending or anchoring the bulbs in the substrate and adding just enough water to reach the base of the bulb. In all cases, it's crucial to avoid letting the body of the bulb become saturated or sit in water–it will quickly rot. Depending on the temperature, new growth should emerge within a few days to a few weeks after planting. The bloom should follow in 4-6 weeks.
Bulbs can be planted in regular potting soil or pebbles, or clay. The key is to keep the balance of moisture right: they should have constant moisture but never be soaked.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Narcissus.
This species is native to Spain and Portugal but has now become naturalized in many other regions.
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