Miniature daffodil

This flower is not natural to California, though we have some spectacular displays of them here in the Motherlode of California. Modern daffodils were carefully bred from their wild ancestors in Portugal and Spain. All parts of the plant are poisonous – especially the bulbs – so don’t let children or pets eat them.

The flower pictured here is the last remaining daffodil from a hundred bulbs we planted four years ago. Daffodils will naturalize in our area but they require some well-timed care. If a meadow grows up over them once they’ve bloomed, their leaves can’t collect the energy they need to¬†flower the following spring. A good mow in early spring just as they are showing their leaves really helps.

I’m afraid this may be the last we see of this batch. When we plant them again in fall, we will stay away from miniatures. The tall, bright yellow jonquils will likely do better.

Miniature daffodil