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Cyclamen Daffodil

Narcissus cyclamineus

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Plant Profile

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

Yellow, 6 petals
Bright, golden-yellow flowers with narrow swept back petals and a long, slender trumpet. The trumpet is about 4.5cm long.
The fruit is a 3-angled capsule.
A bulbous perennial with bright green, grass-like leaves. The stems are leafless.
Other Names:
Bend-back Daffodil, Cyclamen-flowered Daffodil.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Narcissus cyclamineus, also known as the cyclamen-flowered daffodil or the bend-back daffodil, is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae. It is native to western 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 cyclamineus is a small, herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of about 20 cm. It is often used in rock gardens or as a border plant in gardens. The flowers are often used in cut flower arrangements.


Cyclamen Daffodil, also known as Narcissus cyclamineus, is a unique and beautiful species of daffodil that is native to the Mediterranean region. These daffodils are highly prized for their delicate, yet vibrant flowers that bloom in the early spring. They are easy to care for, hardy, and are long-lived perennials, making them a popular choice for many gardeners and flower enthusiasts.

The Cyclamen Daffodil has a distinctive look, with its small, star-shaped flowers that are typically 3-5 cm wide. The flowers come in a range of colors, including white, yellow, and orange, and they are often intricately marked with a deeper shade of color. The flowers are set against narrow, strap-like leaves that are typically 20-30 cm long and 1-2 cm wide.

One of the most notable characteristics of the Cyclamen Daffodil is its blooming cycle. Unlike many other daffodils, which typically bloom in the late winter or early spring, Cyclamen Daffodils bloom in the fall. This makes them an excellent choice for adding some late-season color to your garden, and they also provide an important food source for pollinators as the other flowering plants are winding down for the year.

Cyclamen Daffodils are easy to grow and care for. They prefer well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter, and they do best in full sun to partial shade. They can also tolerate drought conditions, making them an excellent choice for gardeners in dry regions. When planting, it is important to space the bulbs about 10-15 cm apart, and to plant them at a depth of about 10-15 cm.

In terms of maintenance, Cyclamen Daffodils are virtually care-free. Once they are established, they require little attention and are very low maintenance. In fact, many gardeners simply let them grow and multiply on their own, as they are highly resistant to pests and diseases. However, if you would like to encourage more blooms, it is a good idea to deadhead the flowers as soon as they begin to fade.

Cyclamen Daffodil, or Narcissus cyclamineus, is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a unique and beautiful daffodil that is easy to grow and care for. With its delicate and vibrant flowers, this daffodil is sure to add some interest and color to your garden, and it is sure to become a favorite among flower enthusiasts.

Another great feature of the Cyclamen Daffodil is that they are suitable for growing in pots and containers. This makes them a great choice for gardeners with limited space, or for those who want to add some spring color to their patios or balconies. When planting in containers, make sure to use a well-draining potting mix and water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.

In addition to their beauty, Cyclamen Daffodils also have a rich cultural history and significance. In ancient Greece, they were often associated with the god of the underworld, Hades, and were used in funeral wreaths to symbolize the afterlife. In the Middle Ages, they were believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits and were used to protect homes and churches. Today, they continue to be a popular choice for cut flowers and are often used in bouquets and arrangements for special occasions.

If you're interested in growing Cyclamen Daffodils, you can find them for sale at many nurseries and garden centers. They can also be ordered online from specialty bulb suppliers. When purchasing bulbs, look for firm, healthy bulbs that are free from mold or decay. Make sure to plant your bulbs as soon as possible after purchasing, as they have a short shelf life and can quickly deteriorate if left out of the ground for too long.

The Cyclamen Daffodil is a truly unique and beautiful daffodil that is easy to grow and care for. With its delicate flowers, rich cultural history, and its ability to bloom in the fall, it is sure to become a favorite in any garden. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, the Cyclamen Daffodil is a great choice for adding some color and interest to your garden.

Another benefit of growing Cyclamen Daffodils is that they are deer and rodent resistant. This makes them a great choice for gardeners who live in areas where deer and other pests are a problem. They are also highly resistant to disease, which makes them an ideal choice for gardeners who want a low maintenance, worry-free plant.

In terms of propagation, Cyclamen Daffodils are easy to multiply and spread. As they grow and mature, they will naturally produce offsets, which can be separated and replanted to create new clumps of daffodils. This is a great way to increase your stock of Cyclamen Daffodils and to create a larger display of these beautiful flowers.

In addition to their beauty and ease of care, Cyclamen Daffodils also provide an important source of food for pollinators. They are an excellent choice for gardeners who are interested in creating a garden that is both beautiful and beneficial for the environment. By providing a source of food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, you can help to support local wildlife and ensure a healthy ecosystem in your area.

Overall, Cyclamen Daffodils are a wonderful choice for gardeners who want a unique and beautiful daffodil that is easy to grow and care for. Whether you're looking to add some color and interest to your garden, or you're interested in creating a garden that supports local wildlife, the Cyclamen Daffodil is a great choice.

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