Daffodil Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' (2)

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


Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' is commonly known as daffodil, a beloved herald of spring with a charming, fresh look. This particular variety features a trumpet-like flower, characteristic of daffodils, which is a standout feature in the center surrounded by six petal-like tepals in a radial pattern. The bloom displays a delightful color palette, with the outer petals often appearing in a softer, creamy yellow or white that beautifully contrasts with a central trumpet that exhibits a deeper, vibrant yellow hue. The flowers possess an elegant symmetry and are known for their brightness and cheerful presence. The daffodil leaves are slender, long, and sword-shaped, with a rich green color that forms an attractive backdrop to the vibrant blooms. The foliage emerges from the ground, forming a base from which the flower stems rise and culminate in the eye-catching blossoms. While each stem typically bears a single flower, it's not uncommon to see multiple flowers crowning some stems, creating a fuller and more striking floral display. The overall appearance of Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' displays a pleasing combination of form, color, and texture. Its flowers, with their sunny disposition and refreshing look, are often a favorite in gardens and as cut flowers to brighten indoor spaces. This daffodil variety can be seen blooming in clusters, creating patches of color that can enliven any landscape where they are planted.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus

    • Common names

      Narcissus 'Spring Dawn'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Narcissus 'Spring Dawn', commonly known as daffodil, is toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the daffodil contain toxic alkaloids, but the bulbs are particularly poisonous. If a person consumes any part of the daffodil, the symptoms of poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious effects such as cardiac arrhythmias, low blood pressure, tremors, and seizures. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if daffodil ingestion is suspected.

    • To pets

      The daffodil is toxic to pets as well. If a pet ingests any part of the daffodil plant, it can experience symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, excessive drooling, and sometimes even tremors or seizures. The bulbs of the daffodil are particularly poisonous. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. If you suspect your pet has ingested daffodil, it is important to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 2 inches (35 centimeters)

    • Spread

      0 feet 6 inches (15 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Blooming: The Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' is one of the earliest flowering daffodils, bringing vibrant color to gardens when many other plants are still dormant.
    • Attracts Pollinators: They provide a valuable source of nectar for bees and other pollinating insects early in the season when food sources are scarce.
    • Low Maintenance: This variety of daffodil is known for being easy to care for, requiring minimal attention once planted.
    • Cold Tolerance: It is well-adapted to colder climates and can withstand frost, making it a robust choice for spring flowers in a variety of regions.
    • Naturalizing: With the ability to self-propagate, these daffodils can spread and naturalize an area over time, creating a denser and more impressive display each year.
    • Deer and Rodent Resistance: Daffodils are generally resistant to deer and rodents, which tend to avoid them due to their toxic properties, making them an excellent choice for areas with wildlife challenges.
    • Longevity: Many daffodil varieties are known for their ability to come back year after year, and the 'Spring Dawn' is no exception, offering a long-lasting display.
    • Landscaping: They are often used in landscaping for their ability to provide early spring color and for mass plantings due to their clumping habit.
    • Cut Flowers: Daffodils are popular as cut flowers, and their long vase life makes them ideal for bouquets and floral arrangements.

  • 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

    • Cut Flower Arrangement: Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' can be used in floral arrangements for their bright color and delightful fragrance which adds a touch of spring freshness to indoor settings.
    • Photography Subjects: These flowers provide beautiful and colorful subjects for photography enthusiasts, especially during the spring bloom season.
    • Natural Dye: The petals of Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' can be used to produce a natural yellow dye for textiles and crafts.
    • Wedding Decor: They are often incorporated into wedding bouquets and decorations for their symbolism of new beginnings and their vibrant spring colors.
    • Symbolic Gift: In some cultures, gifting Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' may symbolize respect, unrequited love, or simply the desire to ensure the recipient’s happiness and good fortune.
    • Garden Design: The bulbs of Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' can be used in 'lasagna planting' or layered bulb planting for a sequence of blooms in the garden.
    • Companion Planting: Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' can be planted among other perennials that will fill in as the daffodil foliage dies back, creating a continuously flourishing garden.
    • Creative Crafts: Dried petals and bulbs can be used in crafting, such as making bookmarks, pressed flower art, or decorative potpourri.
    • Educational Tool: These plants can be used in botany classes to teach about bulb growth cycles, plant biology, and horticulture practices.
    • Memory Gardens: Because of their long life and early blooming, Narcissus 'Spring Dawn' is often planted in memory gardens as a remembrance of loved ones.

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 New Beginnings: Narcissus 'Spring Dawn', commonly known as daffodil, blooms in early spring and symbolizes the end of winter and the arrival of a fresh start or new beginning.
    • Creativity: The daffodil is often associated with creativity and inspiration because it is one of the first flowers to bloom in the year, signaling the awakening of nature and new ideas.
    • Renewal: As a herald of spring, daffodils represent renewal and the revival of life after a period of dormancy, much like the earth rejuvenating after winter.
    • Vanity: In Greek mythology, the character Narcissus was known for his beauty and excessive self-love. This myth has contributed to the daffodil symbolizing narcissism or self-absorption.
    • Prosperity: In some cultures, daffodils are a sign of wealth and success, potentially because their bright, golden blooms are reminiscent of coins or gold.
    • Hope: The daffodil is a symbol of hope, serving as a reminder that challenges can be overcome, as the flower pushes through the cold ground to bloom each year.

When soil dries out
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Late summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Daffodils, including the 'Spring Dawn' variety, should be watered thoroughly at planting and then not again until the leaves emerge, unless there is a dry spell. Once they are actively growing, give them about one inch of water per week, which equates to about 0.623 gallons per 10 square feet. In well-drained soil, the water should be allowed to soak deeply to encourage root growth. During the blooming period, keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. After blooming, you can reduce watering as the foliage starts to die back.

  • sunLight

    Daffodils such as 'Spring Dawn' thrive in full sunlight but can tolerate partial shade. The ideal spot for these plants is where they can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. However, they will still flower in light shade, although the blooms may not be as vigorous. Avoid heavily shaded areas, as this can reduce flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Daffodils, including the 'Spring Dawn' variety, prefer cool to moderate temperatures with a general hardiness to temperatures well below freezing. They can survive winter lows down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and are typically planted in the fall to ensure exposure to cold temperatures, which prompts spring blooming. The ideal growing temperature for daffodils is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during their active growth after the threat of frost has passed.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning daffodils such as the 'Spring Dawn' is mainly about removing spent flower heads, often referred to as deadheading, which should be done soon after the flowers fade. This prevents the plant from expending energy on seed production. The leaves should be allowed to die back naturally and should not be cut back until they turn yellow, which is typically about six weeks after blooming. This process ensures that the bulb stores enough energy for the following year's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daffodil 'Spring Dawn' thrives in well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of two-thirds loam and one-third sand or compost will create the ideal environment for the bulbs. This soil composition ensures adequate drainage while providing essential nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Daffodil 'Spring Dawn' typically doesn't require annual repotting. Instead, repot or divide the bulbs every 3-5 years, or when clumps become overcrowded. It’s best to repot once the foliage has died back after flowering, usually in late spring or early summer.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daffodil 'Spring Dawn' tolerates average humidity levels found in outdoor conditions. Excessive humidity isn't a requirement for this plant, and normal outdoor variations are typically suitable for healthy growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant in a sunny spot with well-draining soil; water when topsoil feels dry.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny area, use well-drained soil, water regularly but do not overwater.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Narcissus 'Spring Dawn', commonly known as daffodil, begins its life cycle when the bulb is planted in autumn before the ground freezes. Over the winter, the bulb undergoes a period of cold dormancy which is crucial for the development of the flowering stem. As temperatures rise in late winter to early spring, the bulb starts to sprout, sending up shoots and leaves, with a flowering stem that soon follows. The plant blooms in early spring, producing a characteristic yellow or white flower with a central trumpet-shaped corona, which is pollinated by insects attracted to its color and fragrance. After flowering, the daffodil goes into a period of senescence: the foliage dies back and the plant directs energy back into the bulb to store nutrients for the next growing cycle. Once the leaves have completely withered, the plant enters into a dormant phase until the next autumn, completing the life cycle and preparing for the next season of growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer

    • The most popular method for propagating the daffodil 'Spring Dawn' is through division of bulbs. This is best done in the late summer to early fall, after the foliage has died back but before the ground freezes. Gardeners should carefully dig up the clumps of bulbs and gently separate them, making sure to keep as many roots intact as possible. Each bulb can be replanted immediately at a depth of about 6 inches (15 centimeters) and spaced 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate room for the new bulbs to grow. It's important that the new planting site is well-drained and that the bulbs are placed with the pointy end up. This simple process can help proliferate the joyful blooms of 'Spring Dawn' throughout the garden year after year.