Narcissus papyraceus

Paper-white narcissus

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Narcissus papyraceus

Plant details

Paperwhite narcissus, Narcissus papyraceus, is the strongest-scented narcissus. It's traditionally used as a cut flower or forced for use on table displays in winter, where its incredible fragrance fills the home for weeks. Each stem bears up to 10 pure white flowers.

For outdoor cultivation, plant Narcissus papyraceus bulbs in containers or open ground in autumn as you would other narcissi. If forcing the bulbs for indoor use, plant them in a vase or shallow bowl on top of a layer of gravel. Add water to reach the top of the gravel layer only. The bulbs will happily grow and flower without soil, and may be planted into the garden for the following year, after they have flowered.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Narcissus

Species: papyraceus

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant: August to November

Flowering period: December to April

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