Daffodils are some of the most popular of spring-blooming garden plants. Grown from a bulb planted in autumn or spring, daffodils are known for their yellow or white, cup and saucer shaped blossoms over long green leaves. While casual daffodil growers choose plants for their color and style, they may not know that there are ten different daffodil divisions.
Daffodil Division – Trumpet Cultivars
Trumpet cultivars get their name from the shape of the cup that bursts forth from the circle of petals surrounding it. The cup has a long cylinder shape before it curves outward with a ruffly edge. The trumpet is often as long as the petals.
Daffodil Division – Large-Cupped Cultivars
This is a common type of daffodil. Each large flower features a prominent cup, often in a contrasting color to the petals that surround it. The cups are one third or more the size of each flower petal.
Daffodil Division – Small-Cupped Cultivars
Small cupped daffodils bloom one per stem, and have the classic flower shape. What sets these apart is the small size of the cup: no more than one-third the length of each petal.
Daffodil Division – Double Cultivars
This type of daffodil lacks a pronounced cup. They have double layers of petals and a ruffly appearance. The cup is often reduced to a pom pom type effect of curled petals.
Daffodil Division – Triandrus Cultivars
One of th latest blooming daffodil varieties, triandrus feature smaller blooms and multple flowers per stalk.
Daffodil Division – Cyclamineus Cultivars
Like the popular plant, cyclamen, this type of daffodil has petals that sweep backward away from the pronounced cup. These are usually hardy varieties.
Daffodil Division – Jonquilla Cultivars
This short type of daffodil, or jonquil, bears three flowers on each stem. They have small cups and petals, and usually droop on narrow stems that bend with the weight of the blossom.
Daffodil Division – Tazetta Cultivars
This is one of the daffodil varieties that have multiple blooms per stalk. Each flower is smaller than classic daffodil types. They come in all shades of yellow, orange, and white.
Daffodil Division – Poeticus Cultivars
With only one flower per stem, this type of daffodil is still showy. The petals are usually broad and flat and the cup is very small. Most of this type are also grown for their scent.
Daffodil Division – Split Corona Cultivars
This type of daffodil is also called a butterfly style. The cup of the daffodil blossom is split into multiple petals, each one with a frilly or notched edge. This variety has only one blossom per stem.