Wild Daffodil

Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Growing from a bulb which looks similar to an onion, although extremely poisonous, the flowers are bright yellow, large and flamboyant and come in various shapes, sizes and shades within different varieties. The true Wild Daffodil is smaller than the cultivated variety, and has six pale yellow outer segments with a deep yellow central trumpet. The leaves are grey-green, long and narrow.

Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus

It flowers February to March. Found in damp open woodland, coppice, heathland and old pastures. It is a native species, and common and widespread to northern England and eastern Wales. Widely naturalised elsewhere, except Ireland where it is absent.

Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus

March 2014, front garden, Staffordshire. Β© Pete Hillman 2014.



17 thoughts on “Wild Daffodil

  1. Well, go figure! I always thought daffodils were a cultivated flower … but of course, they had to come from somewhere. (Apparently Spain.)

    Those of a certain vintage may remember William Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils”:
    I wander’d lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;

    Thanks, Pete.

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  2. Lovely images, Pete. I know daffodils (as well as bright red) flowers are hard to photograph and like you, I find it better to underexpose or photograph them from the side to create a shadow on the flower with a dark background).

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    • Thank you, Vicki πŸ™‚ Yes, another learning curve in photography in trying to deal with harsh light on such a delicate matter. Underexposer or the use of a filter is sometimes the only way to go, unless you got cloud cover.

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      • Other than a polarising filter, I’ve never used (or bought) other filters. I’ve discovered the Intelligent Auto setting on my Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ deals brilliantly with extremes in light though.

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      • I have only used a polarising filter also. It’s good to have a camera that can deal with such extremes of light. I find mine deals exceptionally well in low light, compared to other cameras I have had, and I just compensate with lowering the exposure, etc, when it is too bright.

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