26 Cultivars Listed
The least cold-loving of all daffodils, Tazettas are the most floriferous of the genus , 3 to 20 florets per scape with a sweet, complex, layered perfume. Tazetta comes from the Italian describing the florets, ‘Tazze e piattini’ , yes – cups and saucers.
Tazettas were the first daffodils to be grown in great numbers primarily by the Dutch and British , in the 19th century for the cut flower market. But overharvesting of wild stocks along with a series of very cold winters and World War 1 disrupted the floriculture and the market at the beginning of the 20th century.
Subsequent crosses of Tazettas with Poeticus led to a great number of hardier and larger cultivars known as Poetaz. In the late 19th Century and Early 20th century there was a robust market in the Eastern US for cut Tazettas.
Generally Tazettas are happiest in zone 6a through Southern 8a, Western 10, depending on the cultivar and environment. In warmer climates they will bloom from December through April. The Poetaz group being more hardy, overwintering into zone 5.
Paperwhites is a generic term for any tazetta that has a white perianth and a white corona.
Vivid two toned yellow offspring of Avalanche. You will need both hands and some toes to count the number of blooms on each scape. An ideal example of what makes Tazettas such great flowers in the garden and in the vase. Needs southern exposure and winter protection in Zone 6. A creation of the late Bill 'the Bulb Baron' Welch.
Canaliculatus - An important Tazetta that is grown commercially in large numbers. A historic, an ADS Classic and an ADS miniature. On commercial acreage lists in Holland it is categorized as a species. Pollen and Pod fertile. We maintain a small stock that is hand harvested and graded apart from the large commercial growers. Floriferous, bright and fragrant. Mentioned as an "erratic and fussy bloomer"1 in Southern zones 8 and above.
1. Daffodils in American Gardens 1733-1940, Sara L. van Beck, 101
Erlicheer is an older tazetta sport with bodacious double, strongly scented blooms. Excellent for forcing and for cut flowers. Erlicheer may struggle in Zone 6 even with some winter protection. Grows freely in the South. A singular daffodil. Classified as a double but we all know that it really behaves as a tazetta. Makes an unusually large bulb.
Unusual, unmistakeable and unforgettable Fencourt Jewel is a unique 21st century pink cupped tazetta. Floriferous : beauty and bounty from New Zealand. A truly grand flower. For us in zone 6b it is wonderfully persistent year over year. Worth every penny.
Gloriosus is a floriferous and beautiful very old tazetta with strong orange colored cups and a classic strong, sweet, fragrance. Pollen and seed fertile Glorious is also self fertile and "seeds like crazy" . A thing of joy and glory forced in a pot or as a cut flower. Needs a winter blanket in northern zones. Not to be confused with the tazetta cultivar "Glorious".
Grand Monarque is an old and important Tazetta, once grown in great numbers for the cut flower market. Recently it has produced some remarkable seedlings. Plainly colored, Floriferous and fragrant. From the species N. tazetta subsp. lacticolor
An abundance of broad, substantial, wavy and white flowers on a scape bring a spirit of opulence to the bed, bench, and bunch. Nickelodeon is a modern poetaz, from Grand Monarque, and from New Zealand too. A remarkable flower that we are proud to offer.
Vigorous and consistent, Pacific Coast is a modern tazetta that stands out from the rest. Easy and bright with lots of perfectly formed flowers. A sport of Minnow, Pacific Coast is tall but not rangy, better organized and more substantial. ADS Miniature.
A selection of White Pearl by Harold Koopowitz. Very floriferous with up to 20 florets per scape. Polly's Pearl is among a group of tazettas from White Pearl. Polly's Pearl is listed in Daffodils in Florida as satisfactory, while White Pearl is not. Polly is fertile both ways.