Daffodil Narcissus 'Little Beauty' (1)

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


Narcissus 'Little Beauty' is known for its charming and delicate flowers. This plant features a bloom with a prominent central cup that is typically brightly colored and surrounded by a ring of six petal-like parts which may be wider and often of a lighter shade. The central cup, sometimes referred to as the trumpet or corona, is often a contrasting hue, which adds to the visual appeal of the flower. The flowers are borne on individual stems which emerge from the base of the plant. These stems are upright and support the flowers well. Each stem typically holds a single flower that faces outward and slightly upward, showcasing its beauty as if it were presenting itself for admiration. The leaves of the Narcissus 'Little Beauty' are narrow and long, emanating from the base of the stem, and they typically have a soft, green color. These leaves form a backdrop to the flowers, with their linear form and arching nature adding to the overall aesthetic of the plant. The overall look of the Narcissus 'Little Beauty' is one of grace and simplicity, with its flowers offering a bold splash of color that can enliven a springtime garden. The contrast between the vibrant central cup and the paler petals surrounding it is particularly eye-catching, drawing attention to the intricate form and colors of the blossoms.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Little Beauty Daffodil, Dwarf Narcissus, Miniature Narcissus.

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Little Beauty'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The daffodil, including the 'Little Beauty' variety, is toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the plant contain alkaloids, predominantly lycorine. The symptoms of poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingesting daffodils can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, hypotension, convulsions, and even coma. Handling the bulb may cause skin irritation due to calcium oxalate crystals.

    • To pets

      The daffodil, including the 'Little Beauty' variety, is toxic to pets, affecting both cats and dogs. The ingestion of any part of the plant, especially the bulbs, can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sometimes even more severe symptoms like cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Ingestion of daffodils can be particularly dangerous for pets and can lead to serious illness or potentially be fatal if not treated promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to grow - Narcissus 'Little Beauty' is resilient and can thrive with minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Attracts pollinators - This plant produces flowers that attract bees and other pollinating insects, beneficial for garden biodiversity.
    • Spring color - With its bright, cheerful blooms, it adds a splash of color to gardens in the spring.
    • Low maintenance - It has few needs in terms of watering, fertilizing, and pruning, reducing the time and effort required for its upkeep.
    • Multiplies naturally - Over time, Narcissus 'Little Beauty' forms clumps and naturalizes, offering more blooms each year without needing to replant.
    • Drought-tolerant - Once established, it can tolerate periods of dry weather, which is particularly useful in regions with water restrictions.
    • Resistant to deer and rodents - The plant is not favored by deer or rodents, keeping it safe from grazing and reducing garden damage.
    • Suitable for containers - It's well-suited for pots and containers, making it a versatile choice for patios, balconies, and small spaces.
    • Cut flower potential - This type of narcissus can be used in floral arrangements, bringing its beauty indoors.
    • Long blooming period - Narcissus 'Little Beauty' has a relatively long flowering period, providing enjoyment for several weeks in spring.

  • 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

    • Photography subject - With its striking appearance, Narcissus 'Little Beauty' can serve as an excellent subject for photographers, particularly those specializing in botanical and macro photography.
    • Companion Planting - Gardeners may plant Narcissus 'Little Beauty' around vegetable gardens as a pest deterrent because some pests tend to avoid daffodils.
    • Symbol in Art and Literature - Artists and writers often use the Narcissus 'Little Beauty' to symbolize themes of vanity, self-reflection, and the coming of spring.
    • Ink Production - The petals of Narcissus 'Little Beauty' can be used to produce a natural dye for inks used in artistic endeavors.
    • Fragrance sachets - Dried Narcissus 'Little Beauty' flowers can be placed in sachets to create a natural air freshener for drawers and closets.
    • Wedding Decor - Because of their aesthetic appeal, Narcissus 'Little Beauty' can be used in wedding bouquets and decorations for a touch of spring any time of the year.
    • Creative Crafts - The strong stems and bright flowers of Narcissus 'Little Beauty' are used in crafting, such as for making homemade paper or botanical jewelry.
    • Educational Tool - Narcissus 'Little Beauty' can be used in schools for plant biology lessons, explaining the lifecycle of a perennial plant from bulb to flower.
    • Floral Arrangements - Narcissus 'Little Beauty' is used in fresh as well as dried floral arrangements for their interesting shape and vibrant color.
    • Culinary Garnish - Edible varieties of Narcissus 'Little Beauty' flowers can be used as unique, ornamental garnishes for culinary dishes (only if verified as non-toxic by a professional).

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Narcissus is commonly used in Feng Shui during the Chinese New Year as it is believed to attract good fortune, wealth, and prosperity if placed in the home or office.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Narcissus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Renewal and New Beginnings: The Narcissus, commonly known as 'Daffodil', often blooms in early spring, symbolizing the end of winter and the arrival of a new growth season.
    • Self-Love: Named after the Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection, daffodils can represent self-appreciation and inner reflection.
    • Vanity: Extending from the same Greek myth, daffodils can also suggest an excessive self-focus or vanity.
    • Prosperity: In some cultures, daffodils are considered lucky and are associated with prosperity and wealth, especially when they are the first to bloom in spring.
    • Hope: The bright and cheery appearance of the daffodil makes it a symbol of hope and encouragement.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils, including the 'Little Beauty' variety, should be watered deeply when planted and during active growth, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. Typically, watering once a week with about 1 gallon of water per square foot should suffice, but this may vary according to climate conditions and soil type. During the dormant period after flowering, reduce watering as the plant prefers drier conditions. If the weather is particularly dry or hot, additional watering may be necessary to keep the soil moist.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils like 'Little Beauty' thrive in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for these plants is an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. However, they can tolerate some light afternoon shade, especially in hotter climates. Always avoid deep shade areas as this will affect their flowering potential.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils, including 'Little Beauty,' prefer a temperate climate and perform best in temperatures that range between 50°F and 70°F. They can tolerate minimum temperatures down to about 20°F and maximum temperatures of around 80°F. These cold-hardy plants require a period of cold dormancy to bloom successfully, which should be a factor in considering planting times and locations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning daffodils such as 'Little Beauty' is generally limited to removing spent flower heads and yellowing foliage after flowering. Cut back the flower stalks after blooming, but allow the leaves to remain until they have turned yellow and died back naturally, typically about six weeks after flowering. This process allows the plant to store energy for the next blooming season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodil 'Little Beauty' requires well-draining soil with a mix of loam, sand, and compost. The addition of organic matter will improve nutrient content and structure. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 to ensure optimal growth and flowering.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodil 'Little Beauty' bulbs should be repotted every 2 to 4 years, ideally right after the foliage dies back. Repotting ensures they have fresh soil and helps to manage the size and health of the bulb clumps.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodils, including the 'Little Beauty', prefer average to lower humidity levels. They do not require high humidity and are quite tolerant of the dry air found in most home environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Little Beauty' in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant 'Little Beauty' in well-draining soil in full sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Narcissus 'Little Beauty', commonly known as 'Little Beauty' daffodil, begins with a period of dormancy where the bulb lies underground, often during the warmer summer months. In the fall, the cooler temperatures and increased moisture trigger the bulb to develop roots and send up shoots. By early spring, foliage emerges from the ground followed by the distinct trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in white or soft pink. After flowering, the plant enters a period of photosynthesis and energy storage, where the leaves gather energy from the sun and store it in the bulb for the next season. Once the leaves yellow and wither, which usually occurs by late spring or early summer, the bulb returns to dormancy. This cycle repeats annually, with the bulb propagating naturally, producing offsets, or being divided by gardeners to foster new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most common method of propagating Narcissus 'Little Beauty', also known as Daffodil 'Little Beauty', is through division of bulbs. This is usually done in late summer to early fall, after the leaves have died back and the plant is dormant. To propagate, carefully unearth the bulbs and gently separate the offsets, which are the smaller bulbs that form at the base of the main bulb. These offsets can be replanted immediately at a depth of about 6 inches (approximately 15 centimeters) and spaced about 3 to 5 inches (about 7 to 12 centimeters) apart in well-draining soil. It's important to ensure that the soil is not waterlogged to prevent bulb rot. The newly planted bulbs will then grow roots and establish themselves before winter, and come spring, they will produce their characteristic beautiful flowers.