Narcissus ‘Jayne Mansfield’

Features

  • Toxic

Description

‘Jayne Mansfield’ is the first variety to bloom in the split-corona group. Its warm honey-yellow outer petals frame glowing, flat, waxy salmon-peach centers. Flowers darken as they age and are tough and very long lasting. This medium-size flower’s beautiful color combination reminds me of an orange juice label. This unscented variety is similar in presentation to ‘Shrike’.

Please note: When cut, daffodils and narcissus emit a toxic sap that can cause skin irritation. Use caution and wear gloves when harvesting.

Details

Height: 12 to 26 in
Type: split-corona
Bloom time: mid
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

‘Jayne Mansfield’ is the first variety to bloom in the split-corona group. Its warm honey-yellow outer petals frame glowing, flat, waxy salmon-peach centers. Flowers darken as they age and are tough and very long lasting. This medium-size flower’s beautiful color combination reminds me of an orange juice label. This unscented variety is similar in presentation to ‘Shrike’.

Please note: When cut, daffodils and narcissus emit a toxic sap that can cause skin irritation. Use caution and wear gloves when harvesting.

Details

Height: 12 to 26 in
Type: split-corona
Bloom time: mid
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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