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Bred for competition, many of these bulbs don’t shine in cultivation, but the American market offers ample alternatives. And why not? The same qualities that lure British enthusiasts have seduced the rest of us. The Roman poet Virgil sang their praises, early spice traders snapped them up, and American pioneers carried them west—even today, streams of daffodils mark spots where pioneer farmhouses once stood.
Left: ‘Creed’ is a mid-season dwarf (less than 13 inches tall) that’s white with a ribbed yellow cup. ‘Ara’ is another similarly colored selection of N. cyclamineus, with a lemon-yellow trumpet. It grows 16 inches high and is long-blooming.John Scheepers