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Peruvian daffodil  

Hymenocallis x festalis

Peruvian daffodil is part of the Hymenocallis genus and its scientific name is Hymenocallis x festalis.

The large pure white, ivory or yellow flowers of the Peruvian daffodils are noteworthy both for their intricate design and fragrance. These strongly scented 4-inch flowers are borne atop 2-foot, leafless flower stalks in midsummer. Each stem may hold 2 to 5 flowers, which are white with green stripes and lovely spiralling, recurved petals around a central cone.

The terminal umbels of fragrant flowers resemble spidery daffodils, each with 6 narrow petals and a large cup with projecting stamens. The arching petals are delicate and slender and the filaments are attached by a fine, web-like tissue into a cup-shape.

The lush, glossy green amaryllis-like foliage forms a dramatic clump that multiplies well when kept moist (boggy sites are best). The leaves are basal, strap-shaped or oblong, and mid to dark green. Depending upon the species, it may be deciduous or evergreen.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Anti-flash white. The blooms display an average of 6 petals. Peruvian daffodil grows as a perennial and is a flower / ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Peruvian daffodil is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.96 cm (1.98 feet). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.

Peru is believed to be where Peruvian daffodil originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Peruvian daffodil is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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How to grow Peruvian daffodil

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When frost threatens in the fall, dig up the bulbs carefully leaving soil around the roots and put them in a well-ventilated shady place on their sides until the leaves wither. Cut off the leaves and store the bulbs upside down over winter in dry peat moss or vermiculite at 60-70°F (16-21°C).

It is a good idea to divide them at least every four to five years, therefore, taking care of overcrowding.1

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water often. Use Zone 8 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Peruvian daffodil requires a soil ph of 6.1 - 7.5 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Peruvian daffodil is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Peruvian daffodil to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Peruvian daffodil from seed

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodils are only hardy in zones 8 to 10, but they can easily be grown outside this range if the bulbs are dug and stored in a frost-free location over winter. They do very well grown in pots and containers, if the soil is kept moist and fed monthly with a slow-release fertilizer from spring to fall. Do not move the plants outdoors until night temperatures average above 60°F.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Peruvian daffodil is a tender plant.

Common Peruvian daffodil problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Peruvian daffodil plants:

Peruvian daffodil Etymology

Hymenocallis means “beautiful membrane” which refers to the corona that connects the stalks of the stamens for a portion of their length.

Other names for Peruvian daffodil

Sacred lily of the incas, Filmy lily, Spider lily, Basket lily, Ismene, Sea daffodil, Summer daffodil

Hymenocallis festalis

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