Over 200 years ago William Wordsworth praised their beauty in one of the best known poems in the English language, and daffodils remain a gardening favourite today. Daffodils (also known as jonquils) are members of the narcissus genus of bulbous perennials and grow naturally in the fields and woods of Europe, North Africa and West Asia.
Each daffodil bulb sprouts a leafless stem and can produce up to 20 flowers per bulb. The flower consist of two parts: the inner corona is shaped like a bell and the outer perinath forms a ring of six sepals. Depending on the species, the corona and perianth may be the same colour, or they may differ in colour. Daffodils flower in late winter and early spring, which explains their German name “Osterglocke”, which means Easter bell, as their blooms tend to coincide with Easter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Here are a few tips to get your daffodils to bloom profusely in spring :