Daffodil Narcissus 'Mystic' ambig. (3)

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


The Narcissus 'Mystic', commonly known as daffodil, is characterized by its distinctive floral structure and coloration. The blooms of this variety are notable for their petals, which are often a vivid yellow or white, radiating around a central trumpet-shaped corona. The contrast between the outer petals and the often brighter or differently coloured cup is one of the hallmarks of a daffodil's charm. Each flower traditionally has six petal-like tepals which are fused at the base to form a tube. Within the trumpet, which may be a contrasting hue such as orange, salmon, or pink, one can typically find a frilly or ruffled edge, adding to the flower's ornate appearance. The foliage of the daffodil 'Mystic' tends to be slender, with sword-like leaves that are a glossy deep green. These leaves sometimes arch gracefully, framing the flowers which are held high on sturdy, upright stalks in a proud display. In terms of their seasonal presentation, daffodils are known to herald the arrival of spring, presenting clumps of brightness in garden settings or even when naturalized in grassy areas. They create an eye-catching display that is associated with the warmth and renewal of the season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Mystic'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name of Narcissus 'Mystic' is Daffodil. Daffodils contain toxic alkaloids such as lycorine and can be poisonous if ingested. The symptoms of daffodil poisoning typically include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingesting a large amount of daffodil parts can lead to more serious symptoms such as tremors, irregular heartbeats, convulsions, and even paralysis. Handling the bulbs can also cause skin irritation in some individuals.

    • To pets

      The common name of Narcissus 'Mystic' is Daffodil, which is toxic to pets. If pets consume any part of the daffodil, they may experience symptoms such as vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, heart arrhythmias, and even respiratory depression. In severe cases, the toxicity can lead to major symptoms that may include tremors, convulsions, or paralysis. It is important to prevent pets from accessing daffodils and seek veterinary attention if ingestion occurs.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and unique beauty to gardens and landscapes with its mystic blossoms.
    • Ease of Care: Narcissus 'Mystic' ambig. is generally low maintenance, making it suitable for beginner gardeners.
    • Spring Blossoms: Signals the arrival of spring with its early blooming, providing an uplifting sight after winter.
    • Perennial Growth: As a perennial, it returns each year, reducing the need for annual planting.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, which are vital for a healthy ecosystem.
    • Resistance to Pests: Often resistant to deer and rodents, minimizing the need for chemical repellents.
    • Cutting Flower: Can be used for cut flower arrangements, bringing its beauty indoors.

  • 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 'Mystic', commonly known as daffodil, can be used in cut flower arrangements to add a splash of bright yellow or white color indoors during late winter and early spring.
    • The bulbs of the daffodil can be used in a technique known as 'forcing', allowing them to bloom indoors out of season for decorative purposes.
    • Daffodils can be planted in large drifts in lawns for a naturalistic landscape design, which will provide a stunning display each spring before the grass needs its first cut of the season.
    • Dried daffodil petals can be incorporated into potpourri mixes for a colorful and lightly scented addition to your home decor.
    • The sap of daffodils can be used as a natural glue for small adhesion projects due to its sticky properties.
    • Daffodil bulbs can be used in 'lasagna planting', layering them with other bulbs in containers to create a succession of blooms over a longer period in spring.
    • When planted in vegetable gardens or orchards as companion plants, daffodils can deter rodents and deer due to their toxic nature.
    • The vibrant colors of daffodils are used in garden design principles to create focal points or to guide the eye along a desired viewing path.
    • Daffodil festivals and shows provide educational and social opportunities, featuring these flowers as the main attraction.
    • As a symbol of hope and renewal, daffodils are often used in fundraising campaigns for charitable causes, particularly for cancer organizations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Narcissus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Rebirth and New Beginnings: The Narcissus, commonly known as the Daffodil, is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, symbolizing the end of winter's dormancy and the arrival of a fresh start.
    • Unrequited Love: Inspired by the Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection, Daffodils can represent love that is not returned.
    • Vanity and Self-absorption: The same Greek myth that associates Daffodils with unrequited love also ties the flower to the concepts of vanity and excessive self-love.
    • Prosperity: In some cultures, Daffodils are considered lucky and are associated with good fortune and success. They are often linked to the Chinese New Year as a symbol of wealth and good luck.
    • Remembrance: In the language of flowers, Daffodils can signify a desire to be with someone again and are often used to remember absent friends.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-4 years
Spring to early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils, including Narcissus 'Mystic', should be watered thoroughly upon planting and during active growth, generally once a week if there is no significant rainfall. They prefer consistent moisture but do not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so ensure good drainage. During their dormant period, after the foliage has died back, watering should be reduced significantly. Typically, about an inch of water per week, either from rainfall or supplemental watering, is sufficient. Adjust the amount of water based on weather conditions, with less needed during cool, rainy periods and potentially more during hot, dry spells.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils, such as Narcissus 'Mystic', thrive best in full sun to partial shade. A location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal for these plants to produce strong stems and vibrant flowers. Partial shade is acceptable, especially in hot climates, where some afternoon shade can help protect the flowers from intense heat. However, too much shade can reduce flowering and cause weak, elongated growth, so aim for a spot that strikes the right balance between sun and shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils, including Narcissus 'Mystic', prefer cooler temperatures and will often thrive in conditions ranging from 50°F to 60°F. They can tolerate temperatures down to about 20°F and up to around 70°F before they start to decline. To ensure optimal growth and flowering, it's best to plant them in an area where they can experience cooler temperatures during their winter dormancy, which will encourage more vigorous blooming in the spring.

  • scissorsPruning

    Daffodils, such as Narcissus 'Mystic', only need pruning to remove spent flower heads to prevent seed formation and to tidy up the area once the foliage has yellowed and withered, usually about 6 weeks after flowering. Pruning or removing foliage while it is still green can reduce the plant's ability to store energy for the next flowering season, so it is best to wait. Cutting back the dead foliage will keep your garden looking neat and help prevent disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodils prefer well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mixture of equal parts loam, sand, and compost works well for Narcissus 'Mystic'. Ensure adequate drainage to prevent bulb rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodils, including Narcissus 'Mystic', typically do not need frequent repotting. They should be repotted only when they become overcrowded, which is generally every 3 to 5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodils such as Narcissus 'Mystic' are tolerant of a wide range of humidity conditions and do well in average room humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

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

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Narcissus 'Mystic', commonly referred to as Daffodil, begins its life cycle as a bulb, which is a dormant stage that survives through winter. In early spring, the bulb breaks dormancy and roots develop, which anchor the plant and absorb nutrients from the soil. As temperatures increase, shoots emerge from the bulb, and the plant grows upwards until leaves and eventually a flower stalk develop. The plant blooms, producing the characteristic trumpet-shaped flower that is enjoyed for its beauty. After flowering, the Daffodil sets seed, which can be dispersed to produce new plants, although many gardeners remove spent flowers to promote better blooms the following year. Finally, the leaves die back, the plant enters dormancy, and the cycle will repeat the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The Narcissus 'Mystic', commonly known as daffodil, can be most effectively propagated through division, a method frequently enacted in late summer to early fall, after the plants have finished blooming and the foliage has died back. To propagate by division, gardeners should carefully lift the bulbs from the soil using a garden fork, ensuring to minimize damage to the bulb and roots. Bulbs are typically found at a depth of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) beneath the soil surface. Once lifted, the offsets or smaller bulbs attached to the main bulb should be gently separated and can be replanted immediately. Replanting involves choosing a site with well-draining soil and planting the bulbs at the same depth they were previously grown, spacing them about 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) apart to allow for enough growing space.