Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Narcissus (Daffodil) 'Mount Hood'

Everyone loves the daffodil.

They are the ultimate sign of spring after a long cold winter. A promise of better things to come if you will.

But yours truly is completely indifferent to the narcissus ... with one exception. I dig the white ones.

A few years ago, I did my homework and determined that the best white daffodil available was 'Mount Hood'. I can tell you from experience, they rock:  

I have always had a soft spot for white flowers (one of these days I will create a moon garden filled with only white flowers, but I digress) and Mount Hood fulfills that need.

What is interesting, is that when these daffodils first bloom (late April here in zone 6B) the trumpet is a pale yellow color:

And eventually transforms to a pure white (as seen in the two photos below):


And when the pure white state is reached, it is nirvana:

I planted a few clumps of these a few years ago and while they reliably come back and bloom each year, I haven't seen them multiply as much as I had hoped for:


Some other nuggets of info before I get out of here:
  • Each bloom is about 5" in diameter
  • Survives in zones 3-8
  • They reach a height of about 14" to 18" 
  • Prefer full sun but have thrived in partial shade for me 
  • The foliage is a fantastic blue/green color
  • As with all daffodils, they are deer resistant 

Have you grown this? Dig it? Would also love suggestions for other 'whites'.


John  













15 comments:

  1. very lovely flowers! just have to wait few more weeks before ours here will start blooming as well. I have white daffodils, white azaleas and hyacints and lilly of the valley so i can apreciate your choices :) can't wait to see mine in bloom too.

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  2. Death flowers - I always associate the Narcissus with deaths and funerals!

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  4. Hmmmm, I may need to plant bulbs one of these years. These would look lovely in my front flowerbed. I have a weak spot for hyacinths, though - in all colors!

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  5. I really want to try growing Erlicheer daffodils. They aren't pure white but they are pretty close and they are gorgeous. I'm going to add Mt. Hoods to the list too; it only seems right living in Oregon. :)

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  6. I love those solid white daffodils.

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  7. Pretty. There are also white crocus, hyacinths and lilies.

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  8. They are beautiful and a wonderful confirmation that spring is almost here! Great pictures.

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  9. I have never seen but will have to look them up. King Afford holds it's head up like these do. I like these white thank you

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  10. I see these daffodils in my neighborhood, but didn't realize their name. Now I need some of course, since I live only an hour from Mt. Hood. They are beautiful! I buy them and give them to my Master Gardener husband to plant, just smiling! I think these and snowdrops must be planted in the fall.

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  11. I share your love of white flowers and of "White Hood" Daffodils in particular.

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  12. I have one Mt. Hood that came in a grab bag last fall.It has been blooming for about 2 weeks now - the same one. The past 3 days have been windy and extremely dry and the flower persists, fresh and serene. Today is the first time one of the petals ( but only one petal) is looking a bit tired and feeling the after effects of the wind. It is hard to imagine that has been baking in the sun with almost no rain for two weeks!!!!!!!! I've had these in the past and agree that they are not good multipliers but this one makes up for it.

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