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NARCISSUS 'Kissproof'

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Family

Amaryllidaceae

Botanical Name

NARCISSUS 'Kissproof'

Plant Common Name

Large-cupped Daffodil

General Description

A large-cupped daffodil whose colors do not fade in bright sun, this 1964 introduction bears pale greenish yellow flowers with smoldering red-orange cups in mid- to late spring, toward the end of the daffodil season. The six broadly oval "petals" are often folded at their margins. The wide-flaring, bowl-shaped cup has a lightly ruffled and split rim. The solitary, out-facing blooms perch atop calf-high stems.

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. They prefer full to part sun and require average to fertile soil. 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 the leaves start to turn yellow, they can be cut to the ground. Divide them in summer if bloom and vigor wane.

Like all daffodils, 'Kissproof' is a superb and long-lasting cutflower. In the landscape, it pairs well with late tulips, Spanish bluebells, and spring-blooming perennials and shrubs. It is excellent for massing.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • 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

    18"-18" / 45.7cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • 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

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Light Yellow, Orange Red

  • 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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No