Harold Koopowitz, California

Some Narcissus obsoletus hybrids.

October 27, 2016

Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Daffodil Types, Hybridizing, Seedling

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The daffodil flag has been flying in our garden for about three weeks now. There have been a number of autumn blooming hybrids in the garden. Here are a few that I find interesting.
One of these has N. obsoletus as one parent. Narcissus obsoletus is the proper name for what has previously been called N. elegans. The name change is reviewed in the most recent Daffodil Journal.

Narcissus obsoletus x N. miniatus

Narcissus obsoletus x N. miniatus












Crossing  N. viridiflorus with N. cavanillessii gave these seedlings below which are slightly larger than the pollen parent. There is a very reduced corona but it is larger than that of N. cavanillessii.

N. viridiflorus x N. cavanillessii

N. viridiflorus x N. cavanillessii




4 Responses to Some Narcissus obsoletus hybrids.

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    October 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Nice, Harold.

    Mary Lou

  2. Suzy Wert, Indiana
    October 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    That sparkling bright white would be quite a standout here in the Midwest at the end of October! My entire garden is either golden or purple…. or brown.
    Little yellow guy is sooo charming! Is it coming up without leaves? Or are the prostrate? (Doesn’t matter – I just wondered what it would look like in a pot. LOL! Prostrate leaves don’t look too swell in a pot. The plants just look like they’re dying. 🙂

  3. Theo Sanders, Germany
    Theo Sanders, Germany
    October 31, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Harold, if the flowers in the picture titled ‘N. viridiflorus x N. cavanillesii’ are from the many bulbs I sent you in 2015, the cross is not N. viridiflorus x N. cavanillesii but N. cavanillesii x N. viridiflorus. But if it is really N. viridiflorus x N. cavanillesii, it would be interesting whether there are greater visible differences between the seedlings of the two crosses.


  4. Harold Koopowitz, California
    Harold Koopowitz, California
    October 31, 2016 at 7:47 am


    These are from a cross I made. The pod parent was N. viridiflorus from a Moroccan selection that has petals that do not reflex. A very flat flower. I still have not flowered the cross from your bulbs.