Wild daffodils (Narcissus jonquilla)

The flowers known as wild daffodils are bulbous that we can find in Spain, and, if I may say so, they are some of the most beautiful of the genus. Their yellow color attracts a lot of attention, to the point that it would not be surprising if more than one and more than two would approach them to contemplate them for a long time.

But, do you know what its characteristics and care are? 

Origin and characteristics

Wild daffodils are bulbous plants whose scientific name is Narcissus jonquilla. They are endemic to Spain, specifically to the Iberian Peninsula, although they have become naturalized throughout the Mediterranean, and are perennial. The leaves are linear, green in color, and grow straight to a height of 20 to 50cm. The flowers are umbel-shaped, flexible, yellow and fragrant. The fruit is an oval capsule.

As a curiosity to say that they are one of the bulbous that are used to obtain the essential oil that is used as perfume.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ David J. Stang

If you want to have a wild daffodil specimen, we recommend providing it with the following care:

  • Location: must be outside, in full sun or partial shade.
  • Land:
    • Pot: you can use a universal growing medium mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: grows in fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Irrigation: it has to be watered 3-4 times a week in summer, somewhat less the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: throughout the flowering season it is advisable to fertilize it with organic fertilizers, once a month.
  • Multiplication: it multiplies by seeds or by bulbs in autumn.
  • Rusticity: withstands cold and frost down to -5ºC. In case of living in a colder area, it is advisable to protect the bulb in a cool and dry place inside the house until the weather improves.

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