This is the official web
site for the Florida Daffodil Society (FDS). The FDS serves north Florida
and south Georgia - folks in USDA Zone 8b, also called the “coastal
South.” The Georgia Daffodil Society ceded south Georgia to us because
of similarities in climate (as far as daffodils are concerned). Zone 8b
stretches from Charleston, South Carolina, to Houston, Texas. So the daffodil
information here applies to gardeners all along the Gulf coast.
The FDS also collects, and
has begun sharing information, on growing daffodils in Zone 9a - central
Florida, from Gainesville to Orlando. We hope to make it all the way to
Miami one day!
For basic background information on daffodils, please visit the American Daffodil Society’s (ADS) web page at www.daffodilusa.org. Their web site has information on daffodil horticultural classifications, contact information for reputable bulb merchants and daffodil societies in other states. The ADS now has an on-line daffodil database called "DaffSeek" located at http://www.daffseek.org. It contains 16,000 cultivar entries, many with images, from all over the world!
But first and foremost,
a bit of terminology. You need to understand the proper definitions for
these basic terms so that you know what you’re buying from the catalogs
or garden centers.
A “daffodil” and a “narcissus” are one and the same, honestly!
In the coastal South, the common old gardener names used are “daffodil” for large daffodil flowers, “jonquil” for small daffodil flowers, and “narcissus” for cluster flower type daffodils (including the all-white Paper Whites).
Actually, “daffodil” is the English name for flowers in the genus Narcissus, the Latin botanical name for daffodil (and so all daffodils). A “jonquil” is a hybrid daffodil descended from the fragrant species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla, or N. jonquilla for short.
Some of the best daffodils for Florida are those from the daffodil group called “tazettas.” These daffodils have clusters of four or more (up to fifteen) small flowers on a single stem, and are often called “narcissus” by gardeners. A tazetta has at least one parent descended from the species daffodil N. tazetta – the mother plant of all daffodils with a lot of little flowers, usually fragrant, on one stem. Many species tazettas are found in warmer climates around the Mediterranean, such as Italy, southern France, Spain and Portugal. This is why their hybrid offspring have acclimatized to north and central Florida (and the coastal South in general).
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