Narcisse Cyclamineus

The Narcisses are a bright and joyful pleasure to see appear in the garden from late winter to early spring! Closely related to the daffodil, the Narcisse produces a pretty bouquet of small trumpet-shaped flowers in yellow, cream and white tones. It is ideal for seed gardens, garden beds, pots and cut flowers.

What you need to know about Narcisse Cyclamineus

  • Name: Narcissus
  • Family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Type: Flower bulb
  • Height: up to 70 cm
  • Exposure: Sunny
  • Soil: drained
  • Flowering: from March to May

Narcissist symbol

As they grow in spring, the Narcisses symbolize renewal, announcing warmer temperatures. By extension, they also represent the wealth that changes can bring (as is the case in China).

However, as its name suggests, they also have negative symbols. Narcissus was a Greek of great beauty, so much so that he fell from his own reflection. The flower can therefore symbolize selfishness.

How to grow the Narcisse Cyclamineus?

Narcissus is planted in September. Start by amending your soil to bring it back to the correct pH if necessary. Then, using a planter, place each bulb in a 5 cm deep hole, spaced 10 cm apart. Gently cover with soil, squeeze lightly with your hands, then finish with plenty of water.

Seedlings of the Narcisse Cyclamineus

For the seed of the narcissus, I advise you to use seeds from a botanical variety, which grows in the nature, for a promising result, in comparison with that of horticultural origin, that is, from a creative manipulation.

Harvested seeds are to be sown immediately or stored in the refrigerator until spring. In a hole 3 cm deep, let the young sprout outdoors throughout the summer and winter period. Indeed, the plant needs these temperature variations to program its development cycle.

How to grow Narcisses in pot?

Choose a pot with adequate drainage holes and place it in a place in full sun or half shade. Fill the pot with the soil mixture.

Plant the bulbs directly into the pot at a depth of 10 cm. The potted bulbs can be placed closer together, but leave at least 5 cm between each planting.

Cover with soil and water lightly. Avoid watering the plants until the first shoots appear. Once the shoots appear, water sparingly to keep the soil slightly moist. When flower buds appear, feed every 1 to 2 weeks with liquid plant fertilizer.

After the flowers and foliage die, remove the bulbs from the soil and store them in a cool, dry place, ready for the next season.

Maintenance of Narcisse Cyclamineus


Watering of the narcissus is done weekly during the spring and summer.

Diseases of Narcisse Cyclamineus

Slugs and snails: Spread egg shells around your flowers as a natural repellent. Their sharp edges prevent the invasion of pests. In addition, the calcium content of the shells complements the plant’s nutrient intake!

Fungal parasites: In prevention, make sure to drain your soil. Curatively, spray with a mixture of 1 litre of water and 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate.

The varieties of Narcisse Cyclamineus

Daffodils (daffodils) are flower bulbs found in Europe and North Africa. There are many varieties and the flowers measure between 15 and 40 cm. They like heavy but not too humid soils, which is why they grow between February and May. Be careful, these are toxic flowers that contain galantamine.

Among the most beautiful varieties of Narcisses, the Jack Snipe offers you a fabulous spectacle with each flowering. Its bright yellow bell-shaped heart is topped with starry white petals that dance happily at each kiss. Also discover the Jetfire with its yellow chick flowers and its gourmet orange heart.

Or, compose your bouquet with the Toto all dressed in white, alongside a characteristic and insolently yellow «Tête à Tête», both in the company of the romantic Bell Song with a pale pink heart. What is certain is that the shy and sweet Elisabeth Ann will also find her place there!

And you? What Narcissus sleep in you? Come and share your garden inspirations and your crop tips!