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NARCISSUS 'Jack Snipe'

Image of Narcissus 'Jack Snipe'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Botanical Name

NARCISSUS 'Jack Snipe'

Plant Common Name

Cyclamineus Daffodil

General Description

Few daffodils have as high a "cute" quotient as the Cyclamineus hybrids, and this perky and long-popular cultivar is no exception. The solitary blooms have backswept, oval, creamy white "petals" surrounding a narrowly cylindrical bright yellow cup. The petals are pale yellow at their base, and the cup flares slightly at its frilly, notched mouth. The flowers appear on calf-high stems in late winter or early spring, at the beginning of the daffodil season. This pre-1951 hybrid has received numerous accolades including the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Daffodils are hardy, long-lived, clump-forming bulbs. Unlike tulips they are poisonous, so they are not eaten by small mammals and their top growth is not browsed by deer.

These are some of the easiest bulbs to grow. Cyclamineus hybrids like moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. Plant bulbs in early- to mid-fall at a depth two to three times their width. After blooming, it is good to let their grassy leaves photosynthesize to allow them to store plenty of fuel for next spring’s display. Once their leaves start to yellow, they can be cut to the ground. Divide them in summer if bloom or vigor dwindles.

Like all daffodils, 'Jack Snipe' is a superb cutflower. In the landscape, it pairs well with crocuses, scillas, early tulips, and early-blooming perennials and shrubs.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 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

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Black Walnut Toxicity

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes