Narcissus ‘Winter Waltz’

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The first of the ‘new’ daffodils has opened. I say new but these are just those that were added to the garden last autumn and are opening here for the first time. In most cases I potted some so I could take photos more easily but the pots have been outside and have not been forced. By a happy coincidence the daff I was most excited about has been the first to bloom – it is not often that happens! I decided to take these photos the other evening in the dying light of the day and so they have a strange buff cast that was not as obvious to my eyes as it was to the camera. But the low, almost horizontal rays of the sun cast lovely shadows on the white wall that I could not resist trying to capture.

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‘Winter Waltz’ is a fairly new daffodil that has Narcissus cyclamineus as the pollen parent and a pink and white cupped pod parent. As such ‘Winter Waltz’ has typical reflexed petals with that ‘surprised look’.

narc winter waltz

It was registered in 1988 and was bred by Grant Mitsch, that prodigious American daffodil raiser. It is a charming flower with pure white (yes really) petals and a long trumpet that opens yellow and changes after a few days to a delightful apricot orange with a hint of pink. The flowers are nicely fragrant and the stems are about 40cm high. It is too early to say if it is a good grower but it is nicely different to most other ‘cyclamineus’ daffs.

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You can see the colour change in the photos.


I took some more photos today because the wind dropped and this shows the colour of the flowers more accurately. The pink tones have really developed in the flower as it has aged and is now three days older. I like it!

daff winter walt



11 Comments on “Narcissus ‘Winter Waltz’”

  1. derrickjknight
    February 25, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Lovely tones

  2. digwithdorris
    February 25, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Looks like they have pricked back their ears.

  3. sueturner31
    February 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    They look interesting…

  4. Maria F.
    February 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    So beautiful!

  5. Meriel
    March 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    Lovely, but I’m not sure about the colour change. One colour or the other I think.

  6. Susan Flanagan
    March 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

    Where can you buy these?

    • thebikinggardener
      March 30, 2021 at 5:39 pm #

      It depends on where you are I am afraid. I am sure I bought mine from Parkers in the UK – can’t do that anymore. I am sure it can be bought from The Netherlands if you are in the EU. And as it is an American daff I am sure you can get it there too. I had a quick look on the net and there are suppliers in various places. Hope you find some later in the year.

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