Daffodil Narcissus 'Bawnboy' (1)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
daffodil 'Bawnboy'


The Narcissus 'Bawnboy' is a captivating plant known for its beautiful springtime flowers. This plant typically features a clump of strap-shaped, lush green leaves that provide a lovely background for the stunning blooms. The flowers are the stars of the show, boasting a traditional trumpet-like shape that’s characteristic of daffodils - a common name often used for this type of Narcissus. The enchanting blooms are typically a cheerful yellow color, radiating a sense of warmth. Each flower consists of a central cup or corona, which may display a slightly different shade or intensity of yellow compared to the surrounding petals, often referred to as the perianth segments. These petals spread elegantly around the central trumpet, forming a star-like whorl that complements the upright, jaunty stance of the flower's cup. The blooms are known to have a pleasant fragrance, adding to the sensory delight of the plant. The harmonious blend of the daffodil's color, shape, and scent creates a picturesque display that's often a highlight in gardens and floral arrangements as spring sets in. The overall appearance of the Narcissus 'Bawnboy' is one of cheerfulness and charm, making it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a pop of color and elegance to their outdoor spaces after the chill of winter has passed.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus.

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Bawnboy'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Daffodil, including Narcissus 'Bawnboy', is toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the plant contain a toxic alkaloid called lycorine. Symptoms of daffodil poisoning often include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In some cases, ingesting a large amount can lead to more severe symptoms like cardiac arrhythmias, convulsions, and even, though rarely, death.

    • To pets

      Daffodil is also toxic to pets. It contains the alkaloid lycorine primarily residing in the bulb, but also present in the leaves and flowers. If a pet ingests any part of a daffodil, they may experience vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias. In severe cases, it can lead to death, especially if a large amount of the bulb is eaten.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5-1 feet (15-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Narcissus 'Bawnboy'—often referred to as Daffodil—has a striking appearance with its beautiful blooms, which adds aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Spring Blooming: Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, often seen as a sign of the end of winter and the beginning of the growing season.
    • Easy to Grow: Daffodils are low-maintenance and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions, which makes them suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Naturalizing: Daffodils can spread and naturally multiply over the years, creating denser and more impressive displays each season.
    • Deer and Rodent Resistant: The bulbs of daffodils are toxic to deer and rodents, which means they are less likely to be eaten by garden pests.
    • Cut Flower: Daffodils are popular as cut flowers because of their long vase life and bright, cheerful blooms.
    • Symbolic Meaning: The daffodil is associated with new beginnings and is often connected to spring festivals and celebrations.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Narcissus 'Bawnboy', commonly known as Daffodil, petals have historically been used in dyeing fabrics to achieve varying shades of yellow and orange, depending on the mordant used.
    • The bulbs of Daffodil can be processed to produce galantamine, which is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (though not an unusual use, it's noteworthy).
    • Daffodil sap contains sharp crystals that can be used as a natural pest deterrent, preventing rodents and deer from eating other plants when applied to them.
    • The scent of Daffodils is sometimes used in perfumery, though it is challenging to extract and often replicated synthetically.
    • Daffodil flowers can be pressed and used in botanical art and craft for decorative purposes, like in scrapbooking or decoupage projects.
    • Hollowed Daffodil stems have been used as makeshift quills or as tiny funnels in traditional practices.
    • The Daffodil flowers can serve as a nectar source for early-spring pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, in a garden ecosystem.
    • During the Victorian era, Daffodil flowers were used in the language of flowers to send unspoken messages; the Daffodil signified regard and chivalry.
    • Daffodils are used in certain gardening techniques called "forcing" to bloom indoors out of season, providing bright colors during the late winter months.
    • In some cultures, Daffodils are planted over graves as a symbol of death and rebirth; hence they have cultural significance beyond ornamental use.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Daffodil is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Daffodil is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Rebirth and Renewal: Owing to their early spring blossoming, daffodils symbolize the end of winter and the arrival of new beginnings, echoing the theme of rebirth and fresh starts.
    • Unrequited Love: Inspired by the Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection, daffodils can represent self-love and sometimes, unrequited love.
    • Hope: The bright and cheerful appearance of daffodils brings a sense of hope and optimism, often associated with the anticipation of good things to come.
    • Prosperity: In some traditions, it is believed that bringing a bouquet of daffodils home can invite wealth and ensure happiness, hence they symbolize prosperity.
    • Vanity: Again, stemming from the Narcissus myth, daffodils can sometimes be a symbol of vanity and excessive self-love.
    • Respect: The daffodil is also a flower that denotes respect and esteem for someone, as giving daffodils can be a sign of high regard.
    • Inspiration: Known for their creative-shaped blooms, daffodils can symbolize creativity and inspiration, marking an encouragement for inner reflection and self-discovery.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring to early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils, including the Narcissus 'Bawnboy', should be watered thoroughly at planting time, and then you should wait until the soil starts to dry out before watering again. During active growth, keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, as daffodils prefer consistent moisture. Generally, watering once a week with about 1 inch of water should suffice. Adjust this amount during periods of rainfall to avoid overwatering. Once the daffodils have finished flowering and the foliage begins to yellow, you can reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils thrive in full to partial sunlight. The ideal spot for a Narcissus 'Bawnboy' would receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Areas with morning sunlight and afternoon shade are also suitable. Avoid placing them in full shade as this can hinder bloom production and weaken the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils are fairly cold-hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as 20°F. The Narcissus 'Bawnboy' does best in temperatures between 50°F and 70°F, which promotes optimal growth and flowering. High temperatures above 90°F for prolonged periods can be detrimental, and the bulbs may require extra care or mulching to remain cool during hot summers.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning daffodils mainly involves deadheading the flowers after they have bloomed to prevent seed formation, which can drain energy from the bulb. For the Narcissus 'Bawnboy', cut the spent flower heads back to the base as soon as they wilt but leave the foliage intact until it has yellowed and died back naturally, which usually occurs in late spring or early summer. This allows the plant to photosynthesize and store energy for the next flowering season.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodil 'Bawnboy' thrives in well-draining soil that is moderately fertile. A good soil mix consists of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part compost or well-rotted manure to provide nutrients. The ideal soil pH for daffodils should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodils, including the 'Bawnboy' variety, typically do not require frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. They should be repotted or divided only when the clumps become overcrowded, usually every 3 to 5 years, to maintain vigor and flower production.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodil 'Bawnboy' prefers average humidity levels and does not require any special humidity considerations. They are quite adaptable to the typical humidity levels found outdoors in their growing zones or indoors in most homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and cool temperatures for indoor daffodils.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, partial sun to full sun, in autumn.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Narcissus 'Bawnboy', commonly known as daffodil, begins its life cycle as a bulb dormant during the summer. In the fall, cooler temperatures and moisture stimulate the bulb to develop roots and send up shoots. Throughout winter and early spring, the foliage emerges from the ground, followed by the characteristic yellow or white flowers that bloom in early to mid-spring. After flowering, the daffodil's foliage photosynthesizes and replenishes the bulb's energy reserves for several weeks. Once the leaves yellow and die back, the plant enters a period of dormancy again. The cycle repeats annually, with the bulbs multiplying underground, leading to the natural spread of the daffodil clusters in the garden.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The Narcissus 'Bawnboy', commonly known as the Daffodil 'Bawnboy', is typically propagated through division of its bulbs. The best time to propagate daffodils by bulb division is in the late summer to early fall, after the foliage has died back but before the ground freezes. To propagate, one should carefully lift the clump of bulbs from the ground using a spade or fork, taking care not to cut into the bulbs. Once lifted, the bulbs can be gently pulled apart by hand, separating any small offsets from the parent bulbs. The individual bulbs should then be replanted immediately at a depth of approximately 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) with the pointed end facing upwards, spaced around 3 to 6 inches apart (7.5 to 15 centimeters) to allow for adequate room for growth. This method allows for the preservation of the genetic characteristics of the 'Bawnboy' variety and encourages a healthy new growth cycle in the following spring.