White Daffodil - A Guide to White Daffodils

White Daffodil

The white daffodil or the white narcissus is one of the most known spring flower of all times. Symbolizing friendship and announcing the rebirth of nature, the white daffodil is an amazing flower, having a divine beauty and charm! Cheerful flowers, they can embellish your garden or your windows, by bringing scented beauty into your home!

White Daffodil Description

  • Family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Origin: The white daffodil is also known as the white narcissus, which is its botanical name. The name daffodil includes the cluster flowered yellow Jonquils and the white Narcissi. However, the botanical name, Narcissus, comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a young man who fell in love with his own reflection in a pond. Thus, he was turned into a flower and the dropping head is his representation of him looking in the water.
  • Sun exposure: White daffodils must receive about four to six hours of sunlight per day, in partial or full sun.
  • Height: White daffodils grow from 16 to 18 inches.
  • Soil: White daffodils need a well-drained soil, a high quality type of soil will need less fertilization. A loamy soil, slightly acidic will do the trick for them.
  • Leaves: The white daffodil leaves are long and knife –shaped. They are evergreen and smooth at touch.
  • Blooming time: White daffodils bloom each year, early spring.
  • Maintenance: Remove any deadheads so that pests don’t appear, but let the leaves remain for at least six weeks. Also, allow them to grow until they die by themselves, and when removing their heads, snip them off.
  • Propagation method: There are two effective easy of propagating white daffodils: natural division by offset bulbs or bud initiation by scoring.

White Daffodil Species

There are various types of white daffodil species, such as Trumpet Daffodils, Short Cup Daffodils, Triandrus Daffodils, Tazetta Daffodils, Poeticus Daffodils, Bulbocodium Hybrids, Split Corona Daffodils, Paperwhites, Miniatures.

White Daffodil Meaning

The white daffodil is a symbol of new beginnings. They are the perfect way of saying “You are the only one!”. It represents regard and rebirth, an unrequited love and it is said to impersonate eternal life. The white daffodil is associated with the tenth wedding anniversary. A really special spring flower, with a deep meaning, the white narcissus is a symbol of the spring perfection!

White Daffodil Arrangements

White daffodil arrangements are very elegant and may be quite inspiring. As spring flowers, they inspire tenderness and tranquility, freshness and serenity. Perfect for a wedding theme, any kind of white narcissus arrangement will look astonishing as centerpieces. In corsages, white daffodils may be combined with yellow ones, or with lilies of the valley. Freesia may also be a good choice for combining your white narcissus.

For an amazing arrangement, mix different species of white daffodils. They will create a very beautiful arrangement that could be used as both wedding or party centerpieces and also in a funeral arrangement, as white daffodils are also a symbol for expressing sorrow for the departed.

White Daffodil Bouquets

White daffodil bouquets are joyful, cheerful, happy ones. Round, hand-tied, no matter which shape they are gathered in, white narcissus will look exquisite. For a pure and simple white bouquet, avoid any mixture, keep them simple, wrapped in tulle or silk bows.

Now, for a white daffodil bouquet announcing spring, try combining white narcissus with poppy, tulip, yellow daffodils, camellias, and roses. A special bouquet may be created using white snow drops alongside the white narcissus.

As for colors, any can be used, yellow, peach, hot pink, purple or blue!

White Daffodils in Gardens

For a marvelous white daffodil bed in your garden, you must follow some basic rules: first, a well-drained soil will improve the quality of your white daffodils, at any given time, so make sure to avoid using a high nitrogen fertilizer. Also, plant your white narcissus 3 to 6 inches apart so that they can develop properly. The white narcissus flower beds may be combined with yellow narcissus or other spring flowers such as lily of the valley or colorful freesia.

Remember that white daffodils need plenty of water, so make sure you give them the necessary amount.


Cut white daffodils are very beautiful when put in vases. However, they should be placed alone, as they secrete a sort of fluid that encourages the death of other flowers. Another thing that you should know is that this fluid, if reaching skin, it may irritate it, or even provoke allergies, so be very careful!

To prolong their vase life, keep your cut white narcissus in a cool pot, avoiding direct sunlight or any other source of heat. Another tip is to keep them in the refrigerator during night time so that their freshness may be preserved longer, but mind that you should keep them covered with a plastic bag so that the low humidity level doesn’t affect them.