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