Featured Plant

Narcissus - Daffodil

Many gardeners may recognize the Narcissus plant by its more common name; daffodil! Narcissus is part of the Amaryllidaceae family and blooms early in the spring. The bright yellow blooms are a beautiful sign that spring has arrived. 

Daffodils are perennials that grow in many regions across North America. There are 13 divisions of daffodils, ranging in size, colour, shape, and bloom time. Depending on the variation, daffodils can grow to a height of 6 – 30 inches at maturity. The most common colours are yellow and white, but there are also varieties that bloom orange, pink, and red. Daffodils are recognized for their trumpet or cup (corona) surrounded by petals.  

Daffodil bulbs are best planted in the fall about two – four weeks before the ground freezes. Daffodils are an incredibly versatile flower; they are commonly seen throughout garden beds, wild gardens, open woodland areas, in front of shrubs, and under trees. When planting, choose a site with full sun or only partial shade and plant your bulbs about six-inches deep and three to six inches apart. Daffodils thrive in well-drained soil, as the bulbs may rot if kept too wet. 

Daffodils contain a toxic chemical that causes digestive trouble. For that reason, wild animals like deer and rodents avoid eating this plant. Daffodils are poisonous to pets like dogs, cats, and horses so exercise caution when planting in a yard where a pet may have access. 

Starting in late April to mid-May you can see daffodils throughout the Park in the following places: the English Garden, the garden bed at the Streuber Family Children’s Garden south entrance, the front foundation garden beds at the Pavilion, and at the Special Events entrance to the Zoo. 

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