Narcissus ‘Cum Laude’

Features

  • Fragrant
  • Toxic

Description

The heart-shaped blooms of this orchid-like variety are truly unique, and flowers smell like wintergreen mints. Golden-peach center petals fade to warm apricot tones as blooms mature, and they are framed with lovely white petals. This unusual novelty looks more like a daylily or an iris than a daffodil.

Details

Height: 14 to 16 in
Type: split-corona
Bloom time: early
Site: full sun

Harvesting/Vase Life

For the longest vase life, harvest when blooms look like a goose neck and have not yet opened. Flowers can also be picked when they’ve opened more, just keep in mind that they won’t last quite as long. Wear gloves when harvesting narcissus, as they ooze a slimy sap that can cause skin irritation. This slimy sap can shorten the vase life of other flowers significantly. To avoid affecting other blooms in an arrangement, you’ll need to “condition” them first. To do this, place freshly cut stems in a separate bucket to rest for 3 to 4 hours to release sap. Do not recut stems after treatment. You can create an arrangement solely of narcissus and the sap won’t be an issue. Expect a vase life of 7 days.

Details

Description

The heart-shaped blooms of this orchid-like variety are truly unique, and flowers smell like wintergreen mints. Golden-peach center petals fade to warm apricot tones as blooms mature, and they are framed with lovely white petals. This unusual novelty looks more like a daylily or an iris than a daffodil.

Details

Height: 14 to 16 in
Type: split-corona
Bloom time: early
Site: full sun

Harvesting/Vase Life

For the longest vase life, harvest when blooms look like a goose neck and have not yet opened. Flowers can also be picked when they’ve opened more, just keep in mind that they won’t last quite as long. Wear gloves when harvesting narcissus, as they ooze a slimy sap that can cause skin irritation. This slimy sap can shorten the vase life of other flowers significantly. To avoid affecting other blooms in an arrangement, you’ll need to “condition” them first. To do this, place freshly cut stems in a separate bucket to rest for 3 to 4 hours to release sap. Do not recut stems after treatment. You can create an arrangement solely of narcissus and the sap won’t be an issue. Expect a vase life of 7 days.

Sources

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