An Englehardt cultivar, similar to Conspicuus , but Brilliancy keeps his yellow perianth color, loud cup, and is really tall. Another old timer that brings real, perennial, spring glory to the bed and landscape. Unlike us, the petals get slender and slim with age. Small availability,
Anyone referring to a flower named 'Buttercup' elicits all kinds of confusion. Are they referencing a Ranunculus, using a generic term for jonquils that bloom freely in the South, increasingly as an alias for Tête-à-Tête? One of the several daffodils registered under that name? We offer the historic Rev. Engleheart jonquilla 'Buttercup', a strong grower with large flowers more reminiscent of a historic small cup. Rare. Brings intense happiness to the gardener. Smells good.
Watching a planting of Firebrand in bloom blow in the breeze on a sunny spring day is an encounter you will never let slip from memory. A poster child for the greatness of historic, small-cupped daffodils – mostly bred by tweed wearing clerics and the landed gentry. A handsome devil, much like Lucifer . Increases with a little care.
Plain when compared to modern cultivars, but distinguished and dignified in its simple form. More than one customer relayed a similar story, it goes something like this. “When I was young I visited a neighbor with daffodil bed that included Helios, I fell in love at first sight and never forgot it. I am so happy that it is still available, having given up on ever finding it.”
It also turns out Helios is sought after by those in pharmaceutical research, as it is remarkably high in the alkaloid narciclasine. The compound lycorine, also present in daffodils, is what makes them poisonous, unpalatable and thus “deer proof”.
Helios is classified as a standard, but is easily at the upper height limits – it sails over the spring bed.
An old poet who, even with the demise of the interest in Latin, continues to be relevant. Horace is tall and like Kansas is as flat as a pancake. As he ages he progresses from a rounded flower to a spellbing rounded star. An offspring of Ornatus.
Another charter member of the Iron Ladies and Marathon Men Daffodil Club, Lucifer waves and winks and beckons in the landscape. Star shaped with a rich colored cup that is variable with age. Angelic and demonic, a great landscape daffodil. There are two Lucifers registered, we think ours is the Irish one. ADS Historic. Limited.