Narcissus triandrus (Angel's Tears)

Scientific Name

Narcissus triandrus L.

Common Names

Angel's Tears


Ganymedes effusus, Ganymedes triandrus, Illus triandrus, Narcissus pyrenaicus, Queltia triandra

Scientific Classification

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Tribe: Narcisseae
Genus: Narcissus


Color: Pale creamy-yellow
Bloom Time: Mid-spring


Narcissus triandrus is a dwarf bulbous perennial with up to 6 noddings, pale creamy-yellow flowers. Leaves are narrow and dark green. Flowers are fragrant, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide, with reflexed perianth segments, and appear on up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall stems in mid-spring.

Narcissus triandrus (Angel's Tears)
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USDA Hardiness Zones 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

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. If you're doing this, plant the bulbs in moist potting media with the pointed end facing up. 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. New growth should emerge within a few days to a few weeks after planting, depending on the temperature. 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.


Narcissus triandrus is native to France, Spain, and Portugal.



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