Narcissus 'Cantabile'

Cantabile Poeticus Daffodil

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Narcissus ‘Cantabile’ is in Division 9. It stands 18 – 27 inches high and blooms late in the season. The petals are white with a point at the tip. The cup is small and disc shaped with a narrow band of yellow around the center of the cup . There is a broader band of green at the base and a narrow band of orangey red around rim. The bulbs are toxic and will not be eaten by deer or rabbits. The name Narcissus comes from the Greek word for narcotic and is tied to the myth of a young man known as Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection. When he drowned in the pool where he had been admiring himself, Narcissus flowers grew up around the pool.

Because daffodils flower so early, often before deciduous trees are in leaf, they can be planted in partially shaded areas, although they will perform better in the long term with full sunshine. They are suitable for erosion control and are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies while being unattractive to deer, rabbits, and squirrels.

Cantabile is a historically significant daffodil that was awarded the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1966. It has been used widely in the development of more recent daffodil hybrids.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Red, Yellow, White, Green
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9