Narcissus are native to Europe, North Africa surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. They are generally easy to grow commencing growth in the winter or spring and dormant in summer. Many will tolerate large amounts of water during summer if they have good drainage, and some retain their roots while dormant. Our bulbs are planted in light soil and light shade. It seems to work ok for us. Some Narcissus will not flower reliably unless they get a fair amount of winter chilling, while others are fairly frost-tender and will be damaged by a succession of freeze thaw episodes. The quality of the flowers will remain consistent if bulbs are divided every few years.
Description and Distribution:
When we start thinking about Narcissus or Daffodil, as they are commonly referred to, N. bulbicodium is not one that generally makes peoples’ list of favourites. But its bright golden trumpets certainly make a statement. A low-growing variety, this is best suited to a rockery or pot where it can be used as an early spring specimen.
Plant bulbs 5-10cm deep and 5-10 cm apart in autumn. After flowering feed with a balanced fertiliser, dead-head the flowers, but do not be tempted to cut back or tidy the foliage after flowering as this will interfere with the bulbs ability to store energy for next season’s growth and flowering. Best grown in rocky soils.
It comes from western Europe (Spain and Portugal), SW France and north west Africa. “bulbocodium” just means woody bulb