Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle'
Common name: Double-flowered daffodil
Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle' is an heirloom cultivar which was introduced commercially in 1884. It bears unusual, multi-petaled, greenish-yellow flowers which bloom in mid-spring. Some say the flower heads resemble fluffy dandelions, or sparklers. N. 'Rip van Winkle' grows 20 to 25 centimetres (8 to 10 inches) tall. The heavy flower heads sometimes flop over after a rain.
It is believed that this cultivar originated in Irish gardens and was first distributed by nurseryman William Baylor Hartland of County Cork, Ireland.
Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle' can be found in the Black Garden among many other narcissus cultivars.
Text and photo by Kumi Sutcliffe