Narcissus blancoi

December 18, 2019

Categories: Daffodil Types, Species

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This is Narcissus blancoi a species that grows in Sierra Morena. You can find it growig together with N. pallidulus, making crosses N. x montielanus. Also past year we found this species with very few N. cantabricus in Sierra de Huertezuelas and also few hybrids N. x oretanus (described once again with wrong parents N. albicans x N. hedraeanthus subsp. luteolentus)

Narcissus blancoi, N. x oretanus and Narcissus cantabricus Narcissus blancoi

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7 Responses to Narcissus blancoi

  1. Harold Koopowitz, California
    Harold Koopowitz, California
    December 19, 2019 at 6:29 am


    What month does this lovely thing start to flower?



  2. Rafael Diez, Spain
    December 19, 2019 at 10:34 am

    This specis blooms between mid February to mid March. Arround 15th February you can find it with N. cantabricus at the same time. Is not easy to find hybrids because they are very similar species. In fact some botanist have describe it as a “luteolentus” subsp. from N. cantabricus, other as a subsp. of hedraeanthus…. and there is something they are right: it is luteolentus, but is a good species with a very clear ecology and distribution area. Also there are philogenetic studies that support it.

    Fortunately, N. cantabricus has a bad and strong scent, but N. blancoi hasn’t or very few (maybe it develops the scent once it has been pollinated) so thanks to this character we can make the differences between N. cantabricus and pale N. blancoi, that is very variable in colour. Also the hybrids are scented, but with mid colour.
    I think N. blancoi it has an hybrid origin between N. cantabricus and N. hedraeanthus, this is why we can found similarities with both species and also we can still find places where you cand find it together with the ancient parent.

  3. Theo Sanders, Germany
    Theo Sanders, Germany
    December 19, 2019 at 10:42 am


    I found out that N. x oretanus posesses a  high pollen fertility. N. cantabricus and N. blancoi seem to be genetically not very different. Back crosses can be found at such sites.

    It is easy to cross N. cantabricus with standard daffodils as seed parents. These crosses with N. blancoi are successful very seldom. N. x oretanus may be a better pollen parent.


  4. Rafael Diez, Spain
    December 19, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for the info Theo.

    I thought this hybrid was sterile due the reduced number of plants we found. But if it is fertile I will mark some plants to collect seeds later. So, could I apply N. x oretanus the pollen to autumn species, for example?

    Theo have you ever found any hybrid between N. blancoi and N. rupicola? I revised any single rock at Huertezuelas and Viso del Marques and it seems there is a genetical border between them, as I found both blooming at the same time in the same rocks without any single hybrid. Same case between N. cantabricus and N. rupicola. Why????


  5. Theo Sanders, Germany
    Theo Sanders, Germany
    December 22, 2019 at 12:01 am


    I never crossed N. cantabricus, N. blancoi, or N. x oretanus with autumn flowering species nor did I find hybrids between N. blancoi or N. cantabricus with N. rupicola.


  6. Rafael Diez, Spain
    December 22, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Thank you Theo! I will keep searchig this hybrid.

  7. Eric Breed Tulip Pictures
    January 15, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Really appreciate the sturdiness of this species, and the way it looks up.