Narcissus willkommii

Narcissus willkommii

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.

Narcissus willkommii

Narcissus willkommii

Description and Distribution:
From south-eastern Portugal and south-western Spain. It is a bulbous plant, whose first leaves emerge after the autumn rains. Flowering stems can vary between 20-50cm in height and at the top can be found 1 to 5 yellow flowers, very showy and fragrant. The flowering period can take place from early to late spring. Flowering can last about two weeks and during that time the flowers give off a scent quite intense.

Background:
This bulb is named for german botanist Heinrich Willkomm.  Willkomm was a German academic and botanist. He studied medicine at the University of Leipzig, later being named a professor of natural history in Royal Saxon Academy of Forestry (1855). In 1868 he was appointed professor of botany and director of the botanical garden at the University of Dorpat ( Estonia), and from 1874 to 1892, maintained similar roles at the Charles University in Prague. In 1844-45 and 1850-51 he collected plants in Spain and Portugal, which included the Balearic Islands.