24 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.
Crevette is a shrimp and a seedling from N.dubius. A miniature tazzeta with sharp one inch blooms and an intriguing soft orange color to the cup. Two or three flowers per scape. Needs extra frost protection in zones 6 and likes some shade on the blooms to keep that crustacean color. Rare. Crevette has seen a lot of bench action over the decades.
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
A lot of the daffodils that we know as tazettas are tazettas that were crossed with Ornatus or another Poeticus. Tazettas were very popular in the Netherlands, the UK and the US in the 19th and early 20th century. They were widely grown in the States for the cut flower market. There was a lot of breeding to make the tazettas more cold-tolerant and more manageable. Laurens Koster is one of those poetaz daffodils who achieved a lot of fame. Still in the trade he has been largely replaced by n.Geranium. Equally fabulous in the garden, vase, pot or show bench, Laurens is showy, floriferous, frilly, colorful and fragrant. Tall and late blooming, a reliable grower and increaser in the south. A truly great cultivar. Historic.
Corpulent and colorful, this daffodil is the first lady of the poetaz group. Martha Washington has large flowers, two or three per scape, that bring a shine and a sweet scent to the border. Makes a very flat flower in maturity. ADS Historic.
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. White Pearl is listed as an ADS historic, how this affects Polly’s status we do not know. Polly’s Pearl is listed in Daffodils in Florida as satisfactory, while White Pearl is not. White Pearl is believed to be synonymous with Chinese Sacred Lily. Polly is fertile both ways.