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Hoop-petticoat Daffodil

Narcissus bulbocodium

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, wasteland.

Yellow, 6 petals
Golden yellow flowers with funnel-shaped trumpets and very narrow, pointed petals.
The fruit is an oval to oblong, 3-parted capsule.
A dwarf bulbous perennial daffodil species. The slender leaves are dark green and linear. Grass-like in appearance. Frequently encountered as a garden escape species.
Other Names:
Petticoat Daffodil, Yellow Hoop Petticoat.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Narcissus bulbocodium, also known as the hoop petticoat daffodil or the yellow hoop petticoat, is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is native to Europe and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The plant is known for its small, trumpet-shaped flowers that are typically yellow in color and have a sweet, fragrant scent. Narcissus bulbocodium is a small, herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of about 15 cm. It is often used in rock gardens or as a border plant in gardens.


Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil, also known as Narcissus bulbocodium, is a species of daffodil that is native to Europe and western Asia. With its delicate and charming appearance, it is no wonder that this flower has become a popular addition to gardens and floral arrangements around the world.

One of the most striking features of the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is its unique form. The flower has a small central trumpet surrounded by several layers of petals, giving it a distinct hooped appearance. The petals are often a pale yellow color, while the trumpet is a bright yellow hue, making the overall appearance of the flower bright and cheerful.

Another characteristic of the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil that makes it a standout among other daffodils is its height. It is one of the shortest daffodils, growing to only about 6-8 inches tall. This makes it a great choice for garden beds or borders where you want to add some color without dominating the landscape.

The Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is also highly fragrant, making it a great addition to any garden where fragrance is important. The sweet, fresh scent of the flowers will fill the air on warm spring days, making it a wonderful sensory experience.

In addition to its beauty and fragrance, the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is also a great choice for those who want to attract pollinators to their garden. The bright yellow flowers are a beacon to bees and butterflies, and the plant's compact size makes it easier for them to access the nectar and pollen.

If you are interested in adding the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil to your garden, it is easy to grow and care for. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, and should be planted in the fall for best results. Once established, the plant will naturalize and spread over time, providing you with an ongoing display of springtime color.

The Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is a charming and unique addition to any garden. With its distinctive form, sweet fragrance, and ability to attract pollinators, it is sure to become a favorite of yours for years to come.

In terms of planting and care, Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are low maintenance and require very little attention. They are also very hardy, making them ideal for gardeners in a variety of climates. When planting, be sure to space the bulbs about 4-6 inches apart and plant them at a depth of about 4-6 inches as well. After planting, simply water the bulbs well and wait for the spring.

When it comes to soil, Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are not overly particular, but they do prefer well-drained soil. This means that if you have heavy clay soil, you may need to amend it with organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve drainage. Alternatively, you could also plant the bulbs in raised beds to help with drainage.

One of the best things about Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils is that they are long-lived perennials. This means that once you have planted them, they will return year after year, bringing a burst of color to your garden in the springtime. To ensure that your Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils remain healthy and continue to bloom for many years to come, it is important to deadhead the spent flowers and allow the foliage to die back naturally after blooming. This allows the bulbs to store up energy for the next growing season.

In addition to planting them in your garden, Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are also great for forcing indoors. To do this, simply plant the bulbs in pots and place them in a cool, dark location for a few months. After a few months, bring the pots into the light and warmth, and the bulbs will begin to grow and bloom. This is a great way to enjoy the beauty of Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils even if you do not have a garden.

Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are a wonderful addition to any garden or floral arrangement. With their unique form, sweet fragrance, and ability to attract pollinators, they are sure to bring a touch of springtime magic to your home.

Another great feature of Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils is that they are very disease-resistant. Unlike other flowers, they are not prone to common fungal or insect problems, making them a great choice for gardeners who do not want to spend a lot of time on maintenance.

It's important to note that the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is a true wildflower, and as such it is very adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. This means that it can be grown in a range of soils and is not picky about sunlight, making it a great choice for a wide range of gardeners. Whether you have a sunny garden bed or a shady area, this daffodil will thrive.

When it comes to combining Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils with other plants, there are many options to choose from. For a classic look, try planting them with other spring-blooming flowers such as tulips, hyacinths, or crocuses. For a more naturalistic look, try planting them with other wildflowers such as primroses or violets. Additionally, Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils also look great planted alone in mass groupings, creating a carpet of yellow flowers that is sure to be a showstopper.

Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are also a great choice for cut flowers, and their compact size and long vase life make them a popular choice for floral arrangements. Whether you are making a bouquet for your home or creating a centerpiece for a special event, Hoop-Petticoat Daffodils are sure to add a touch of springtime beauty.

In conclusion, the Hoop-Petticoat Daffodil is a versatile and low-maintenance flower that is sure to bring a touch of springtime magic to your garden. With its unique form, sweet fragrance, and ability to attract pollinators, it is the perfect choice for gardeners of all levels. So why not add some to your garden today and enjoy their beauty for years to come!

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