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NARCISSUS 'Ice Follies'

Image of Narcissus 'Ice Follies'

Felder Rushing

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Botanical Name

NARCISSUS 'Ice Follies'

Plant Common Name

Ice Follies Daffodil, Large-cupped Daffodil

General Description

A popular large-cupped daffodil, 'Ice Follies' bears glistening white flowers with a central chartreuse-yellow, ruffled corona, which eventually fades to white. Bloom is in early spring. This cultivar received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

These are some of the easiest bulbs to grow. Daffodils need full to part sun and require average to fertile soil. Plant bulbs in early- to mid-fall at a depth two to three times their width. After blooming, it is good to let their green tops photosynthesize to allow them to store plenty of food in the bulb for next spring’s display. Once their leaves start to turn yellow, they can be cut to the ground. Divide them in summer if bloom or vigor dwindles.

Like all daffodils, 'Ice Follies' is a superb cutflower. In the landscape, it pairs well with species tulips, scillas, grape hyacinths, and early-blooming perennials and shrubs. This relatively inexpensive cultivar is wonderful for planting in showy masses. It also is good for winter forcing.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm (18)

  • Width

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Black Walnut Toxicity

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Chartreuse

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No