Daffodil Narcissus 'Ceylon' (2)

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


Narcissus 'Ceylon' is a striking variety of daffodil that is recognized for its beautiful blooms. This plant produces flowers that are known for their unique coloration and form. Each flower usually has a central trumpet-shaped corona that is surrounded by a ring of petals. The corona stands out due to its eye-catching appearance, often displaying a rich, deep color. The petals that encircle the corona typically contrast with it in color, giving the flower a two-tone effect. The petals are usually broad and may be slightly recurved or may arch away from the corona, adding to the ornamental look of the flower. This contrasting play of colors between the corona and the petals makes Narcissus 'Ceylon' a popular choice among gardeners and flower enthusiasts. The foliage of Narcissus 'Ceylon' consists of long, narrow leaves that emerge from the base of the stem. These leaves are usually a bright, fresh green and have a linear shape with a slight arch. They add to the overall graceful appearance of the plant, setting off the vivid flowers with their lush background. Overall, Narcissus 'Ceylon' is a visually appealing plant with its distinct flowers that feature a striking corona surrounded by contrasting petals and complemented by slender green foliage. Its decorative appeal makes it a favorite for adding a splash of color to gardens and floral displays in the spring.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Ceylon Daffodil, Ceylon Narcissus

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Ceylon'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The daffodil (Narcissus 'Ceylon') contains alkaloids such as lycorine, which is toxic if ingested. The symptoms of daffodil poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Handling the bulb can also cause skin irritation for some people. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious symptoms such as cardiac arrhythmias, hypotension, convulsions, and occasionally even death.

    • To pets

      The daffodil (Narcissus 'Ceylon') is toxic to pets. If a pet ingests any part of the daffodil, especially the bulb, they can suffer from symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and possible cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Serious cases can lead to tremors, convulsions, and could potentially be fatal if not treated promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5-1 feet (15-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Narcissus 'Ceylon', commonly known as Ceylon Daffodil, offers vibrant yellow blooms that enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Low Maintenance: Ceylon Daffodils require minimal care, making them ideal for both novice and seasoned gardeners.
    • Spring Blooms: They are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, bringing color to gardens after the winter months.
    • Naturalizing: Ceylon Daffodils have the ability to naturalize, meaning they can spread and multiply each year in suitable conditions.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Their flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Deer and Rodent Resistance: These plants are less palatable to deer and rodents, reducing the risk of damage in the garden.
    • Pest Resistance: They are also resistant to many pests and diseases, making them a robust choice for a healthy garden.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: They can be used in a variety of garden designs, including borders, containers, and as cut flowers.
    • Longevity: Narcissus 'Ceylon' bulbs can last for several years in the ground, providing long-term enjoyment with proper care.

  • 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

    • Flower Arrangements - The vibrant blooms of Narcissus 'Ceylon' can be cut and used in floral arrangements to provide a pop of color and a fresh, spring-time ambiance to indoor settings.
    • Garden Borders - These flowers can create striking borders in gardens, with their bright yellow petals creating a natural fence line during their blooming season.
    • Photography Subject - Due to their unique beauty, Narcissus 'Ceylon' flowers are often used as subjects in photography, capturing the essence of spring and the wonder of nature.
    • Wedding Decor - The blooms of this plant can be included in wedding decorations, such as table centerpieces, bouquets, or even as part of the ceremonial arch, contributing to a romantic and joyous atmosphere.
    • Symbolic Gifts - Often associated with rebirth and new beginnings, giving these flowers as gifts can symbolize hope and well-wishes to recipients on special occasions.
    • Educational Tool - Narcissus 'Ceylon' can be used in educational settings such as schools and botanical gardens to teach about plant life cycles, reproduction, and horticulture.
    • Fragrance Collection - The scent of Narcissus 'Ceylon' can be used to create perfumes or scented candles, thereby capturing its essence in products for aromatic enjoyment.
    • Artistic Inspiration - These plants may serve as inspiration for artists and crafters, leading to the creation of paintings, drawings, or crafts that capture the flower's beauty.
    • Color Inspiration - The distinct yellow of Narcissus 'Ceylon' can inspire interior design or fashion, influencing color palettes and fabric patterns.
    • Culinary Presentation - Although not edible, the petals can be used for decorative plating in culinary presentations, adding an aesthetic appeal to gourmet dishes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Narcissus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Narcissus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Self-Absorption - Named after the mythological Greek character Narcissus, who was so enamored with his own reflection that he drowned in it, the Narcissus flower often symbolizes self-love and vanity.
    • New Beginnings - As one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, the Narcissus, also known as daffodil, is commonly associated with rebirth, new beginnings, and the coming of spring.
    • Prosperity - In some cultures, the daffodil is seen as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. It is sometimes given as a gift to bring prosperity to the recipient.
    • Uncertainty - The Narcissus can also represent uncertainty or unrequited love, again harking back to the story of Narcissus who loved only himself and could not love others.
    • Inspiration - As a flower that pushes through the last of winter's snow, the daffodil is often used to symbolize creativity, inspiration, and the ability to overcome challenges.

When soil dries out
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
After flowering
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils, including the Narcissus 'Ceylon', should be watered thoroughly upon planting and sparingly thereafter. They prefer to be kept on the drier side once established. During the active growing season, typically in the fall and early spring, water them once a week with about one inch of water. If rainfall is sufficient, additional watering might not be necessary. Overwatering can lead to bulb rot, so it's crucial to ensure that the soil drainage is excellent. During the dormant period in the late spring and summer, watering is generally not required unless the season is particularly dry.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils like the Narcissus 'Ceylon' thrive best in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for planting them is in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. However, they can also tolerate lightly shaded areas, especially in hot climates where some afternoon shade can help protect the blooms from intense heat. Avoid deeply shaded areas as this can result in weak stems and sparse flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils, such as the Narcissus 'Ceylon', are cold-hardy and can tolerate winter temperatures down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit. They require a period of cold in winter to stimulate spring growth and blooming. The ideal temperature range for growing daffodils is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during their active growth and blooming period in the spring. They can survive short periods of more extreme temperatures, but prolonged exposure outside of their tolerant range can be detrimental.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning daffodils, including the Narcissus 'Ceylon', typically involves deadheading spent flowers after blooming to maintain aesthetics and redirect energy back into the bulb rather than seed production. Cut back flower stems to the base but leave the foliage intact until it has yellowed and died back naturally, which typically takes about six weeks. This allows the plant to gather energy for next year's bloom. Pruning is usually done once flowering has finished in the spring.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodil 'Ceylon' thrives in well-draining, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. The best mix is composed of loamy soil enriched with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodil 'Ceylon' is typically grown from bulbs which do not require frequent repotting. They should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and to maintain vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodil 'Ceylon' prefers average humidity levels and does not require special humidity conditions; it can thrive in the humidity levels typically found in outdoor garden environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in well-lit area avoiding direct harsh sun.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Narcissus 'Ceylon', commonly known as daffodil, begins its life cycle with bulb formation, where the bulb serves as the storage organ through periods of dormancy. The growth stage initiates when conditions are favorable (typically in early spring), with the emergence of a flower spike followed by leaves. The plant blossoms, producing a distinctive orange-yellow flower with a central corona, a key feature of the 'Ceylon' variety that attracts pollinators. After flowering, the plant enters a period of seed development; however, propagation is often through bulb division rather than seeds. Post-bloom, the leaves continue to photosynthesize to replenish the bulb's energy reserves until they die back and the plant enters a dormancy period. The bulb lies dormant through adverse conditions, often summer dryness or winter cold, until the next growth cycle begins.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method for propagating the Narcissus 'Ceylon', commonly referred to as daffodil, is through the division of bulbs. This method is typically carried out in the fall after the foliage has died back, indicating that the plant is entering dormancy. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the bulbs and gently separate any offsets, which are the smaller bulbs that have formed at the base of the parent bulb. Make sure each offset has some root tissue attached. Then, plant these offsets immediately at a depth about three times the height of the bulb in well-drained soil, spacing them about 6 inches (approximately 15 centimeters) apart to allow room for growth. This technique maintains the characteristics of the parent plant and is ideal for expanding your daffodil displays or sharing with fellow gardeners.