Daffodil Divisions Using the RHS System of Classification

There are thirteen descriptive divisions of  daffodils.  Miniatures have the same descriptive divisions as standards, only with smaller blooms, usually less than 2 inches (50mm) in diameter (see photo at the bottom of this page).

American Dream, 1Y-P

American Dream, 1Y-P

 

Division 1 – Trumpet Daffodils

One flower to a stem; corona (“trumpet”) as long as, or longer than the perianth segments (“petals”).

 

 

 


Pacific Rim, 2 Y-YYR

Pacific Rim, 2 Y-YYR

 

Division 2 – Large-Cupped Daffodils

One flower to a stem; corona (“cup”) more than one-third, but less than equal to the length of the perianth segments (“petals”)

 

 


Emerald Light, 3 W-GYO

Emerald Light, 3 W-GYO

 

Division 3 – Small-Cupped Daffodils

One flower to a stem; corona (“cup”) not more than one-third the length of the perianth segments (“petals”)

 

 


Rose Garden 4 W-R

Rose Garden 4 W-R

 

Division 4 – Double Daffodils

One or more flowers to a stem, with doubling of the perianth segments or the corona or both.

 

 


Akepa, 5 W-P

Akepa, 5 W-P

 

Division 5 – Triandrus Daffodils
Characteristics of N. triandrus clearly evident: usually two or more pendent flowers to a stem; perianth segments reflexed.

 

 


Saint Louie Louie, 6 W-Y

Saint Louie Louie, 6 W-Y

 

Division 6 – Cyclamineus Daffodils

Characteristics of N. cyclamineus clearly evident: one flower to a stem; perianth segments significantly reflexed; flower at an acute angle to the stem, with a very short pedicel (“neck”)

 

 


Wendover, 7 W-W

Wendover, 7 W-W

 

Division 7 – Jonquilla Daffodils

Characteristics of Sections Jonquilla or Apodanthi clearly evident: one to five (rarely eight) flowers to a stem; perianth segments spreading or reflexed; corona cup-shaped, funnel-shaped or flared, usually wider than long; flowers usually fragrant.

 

 


Early Pearl, 8 W-Y

Early Pearl, 8 W-Y

 

Division 8 – Tazetta Daffodils
Characteristics of Section Tazettae clearly evident: usually three to twenty flowers to a stout stem; perianth segments spreading not reflexed; flowers usually fragrant.

 

 

 


Lemon Cooler, 9 W-GYR

Lemon Cooler, 9 W-GYR

 

Division 9 – Poeticus Daffodils
Characteristics of N. poeticus and related species clearly evident; perianth segments pure white; corona very short or disc-shaped, not more than one-fifth the length of the perianth segments; corona usually with a green and/or yellow centre and red rim, but sometimes wholly or partly of other colours; anthers usually set at two distinct levels; flowers fragrant

 

 


Cornish Cream, 10 W-W

Cornish Cream, 10 W-W

 

Division 10 – Bulbocodium Hybrids
Characteristics of Section Bulbocodium clearly evident: usually one flower to a stem; perianth segments insignificant compared with the dominant corona; anthers dorsifixed (ie attached more or less centrally to the filament); filament and style usually curved.

 

 


Trigonometry, 11a W-P

Trigonometry, 11a W-P

 

Division 11a – Split-Cupped Collar Daffodils
Split-corona daffodils with the corona segments opposite the perianth segments; the corona segments usually in two whorls of three.

 

 


Jodi 11b W / PW

Jodi 11b W / PW

 

Division 11b – Split-Cupped Papillon Daffodils
Split-corona daffodils with the corona segments alternate to the perianth segments; the corona segments usually in a single whorl of six.

 

 


Mesa Verde 12 G-GGY

Mesa Verde 12 G-GGY

 

Division 12 – Other Daffodil Cultivars
Consists of daffodils not falling into any of the previous categories. Many are inter-division hybrids.

 

 

 


N. rupicola subsp. watieri, 13 W-W

N. rupicola subsp. watieri,
13 W-W

 

Division 13 – Daffodils distinguished solely by Botanical Name
Consists of the Species, Wild Variants, and Wild Hybrids found in natural daffodils.

 

 

 


Itsy Bitsy Splitsy 11a Y-O

Itsy Bitsy Splitsy 11a Y-O

 

Miniature Daffodil
Miniatures have the same descriptive divisions as standards, only with smaller blooms, usually less than 2 inches (50mm) in diameter.

 

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