Daffodil Narcissus 'Prototype' (6)

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


Narcissus 'Prototype,' commonly known as daffodil, is a perennial plant that graces gardens with its striking blooms. The flowers of this variety are a distinguishing feature, usually displaying a prominent central cup or corona surrounded by six petal-like tepals. The cup is often a different color or shade, contrasting with the surrounding tepals that may be elongated and slightly reflexed at the tips. The overall color palette of the 'Prototype' can vary, but it typically includes shades of yellow, cream, or white, sometimes with orange or pink hues in the cup. The leaves of the daffodil 'Prototype' are long and slender, emanating from the base of the plant. They are a deep green shade and have a slightly fleshy texture, which allows them to stand upright and gracefully arc. The foliage serves as a verdant backdrop to highlight the beauty of the blooms. Arranged atop a sturdy, upright stalk, the flowers show off their symmetry and form. They may appear as singular statements or in small clusters, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. The overall aspect of the daffodil 'Prototype' is one of a well-structured plant, with a balance between the floral and foliar elements, contributing to its popularity as a herald of spring in many temperate gardens. The appearance of this daffodil variety captures the essence of rejuvenation and cheer after the winter months, making it a beloved choice for both landscapers and flower enthusiasts.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Daffodil, Jonquil.

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Prototype'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as daffodil is toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the plant contain toxic alkaloids, with the bulb being the most poisonous part. Symptoms of daffodil poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in severe cases can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and central nervous system complications. Handling the bulb can also cause dermatitis in some individuals.

    • To pets

      Daffodils are toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The bulb is the most toxic part, but all parts of the plant contain toxic compounds that can cause symptoms if ingested. These symptoms may include vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to serious medical complications or even death.

  • 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: The Narcissus 'Prototype', commonly known as daffodil, has vibrant flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Mood-Boosting: The bright and cheerful appearance of daffodils can have a positive effect on people's mood and mental well-being.
    • Ease of Care: Daffodils are known for being low maintenance, making them suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Spring Indicator: Daffodils are among the first flowers to bloom in spring, signaling the end of winter and the arrival of warmer weather.
    • Pest Resistance: Daffodils have a natural resistance to many pests and deer, which can help to protect themselves and other plants in the vicinity.
    • Naturalizing: Daffodils have the ability to naturalize, meaning they can spread and multiply over time, creating drifts of color with little human intervention.

  • 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

    • The stems and flowers of daffodils can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of colors from yellow to green depending on the mordant used.
    • Daffodil bulbs can be placed in bowls of water to force early blooms indoors, creating a cheerful display during late winter.
    • Crushed daffodil flowers can sometimes be applied to the skin as a fragrant natural insect repellent.
    • Dried daffodil petals can be incorporated into potpourri mixtures for a subtle springtime fragrance in your home.
    • The sap of daffodils can be used as a natural adhesive or glue for small crafting projects.
    • Daffodil flowers can be used in art projects, like pressing them for decorative purposes in scrapbooking, card making, or botanical art.
    • Some cultures use daffodils in symbolic ceremonies, representing rebirth and new beginnings, especially during the spring season.
    • Daffodil plants can serve as companion plants in gardens, deterring rodents and deer, which usually avoid these plants due to their toxicity.
    • The silhouette of daffodil flowers can inspire designs in architecture, textile patterns, and in various forms of decorative arts.
    • Creating floral water with daffodil essence provides a light scent used in some homemade cosmetics and perfumeries.

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

    • Self-Love: Named after the character in Greek mythology, Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection, the narcissus flower (or daffodil) often represents self-love and vanity.
    • Renewal: Since the narcissus typically blooms in early spring, it has become a symbol of new beginnings and the coming of spring.
    • Unrequited Love: The story of Narcissus also reflects the theme of love that is not returned, making the narcissus flower symbolic of unrequited love.
    • Prosperity: In some cultures, the blooming of a daffodil is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity.
    • Respect: Because the narcissus can also represent respect and admiration for someone you love, it is sometimes given as a token of respect.
    • Hope: The bright, cheerful appearance of the daffodil stands as a symbol of hope, especially to overcome challenges or during difficult times.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils require consistent moisture during their growing season in the spring, but it’s important not to overwater as this can lead to bulb rot. Water daffodils when the top inch of soil feels dry, which is usually about once a week, depending on weather conditions. Provide about one inch of water or 64 onzes per square foot each week. During the dormant period after blooming, gradually reduce watering as the foliage begins to die back. It's important to ensure that the soil has good drainage to prevent saturation and potential harm to the bulbs.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils thrive in full to partial sunlight, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for planting daffodils would be a location where they can receive morning sunlight and some shade in the afternoon, especially in hotter climates. Though they can tolerate partial shade, daffodils bloom best when they receive plenty of light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils are hardy and can withstand winter temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal growing temperature range for daffodils is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive up to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but it's important to plant them in areas where they can be cool during their dormant period in the summer.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning daffodils mainly involves deadheading the spent flowers after blooming to prevent seed pod formation, which can divert energy from the bulb. Cut back the flower stalks to the base once the blooms have faded but leave the foliage in place until it turns yellow and dies back naturally, typically around six weeks after blooming. This allows the daffodil bulbs to store energy for the following year and should be done annually.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodils prefer well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. A mix with equal parts potting soil, coarse sand, and peat moss is ideal for Narcissus 'Prototype'.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodils typically do not need to be repotted often. Repot Narcissus 'Prototype' every 3-4 years or when the bulbs multiply and become crowded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodils thrive in average room humidity conditions. Narcissus 'Prototype' does not require high humidity; aim for 40-60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place daffodil in bright, indirect light and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full to partial sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Narcissus 'Prototype', commonly known as Daffodil, begins with a dormant bulb stage, typically during the summer months when the plant is inactive underground. As temperatures cool in autumn, roots begin to grow, preparing the plant for the growth season. Leaf and flower bud development occurs during late winter to early spring, depending on the climate. The plant blooms in early to mid-spring, producing its characteristic flowers that are often yellow or white with a central trumpet-shaped corona. After flowering, the plant undergoes a period of photosynthesis to replenish the bulb's energy reserves for the next season, before the leaves die back and the plant re-enters dormancy. The bulb can then produce offsets, leading to the propagation and spread of the plant in its growing area.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Narcissus 'Prototype', commonly known as a type of daffodil, is generally propagated by bulb division. This is best done when the daffodil foliage has died back and the plant is dormant, typically in late summer to fall. To propagate by bulb division, carefully dig up the daffodil bulbs and gently separate the offset bulbs that have formed around the base of the mother bulb. Replant these offsets at a depth of about 6 inches (15.24 cm) and spaced 4-6 inches (10.16-15.24 cm) apart to give them room to grow. This method allows for the easy and efficient multiplication of daffodil bulbs, ensuring that they continue to thrive and bloom in subsequent years.