Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Daffodil

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!



Daffodil is the common name for, Narcissus. These showy spring-blooming bulbs come in a variety of sizes, colors, and forms with some being extremely fragrant. Daffodils are perfect for planting between shrubs, as a border, or containers both indoors and outside.


The Daffodil flowers are yellow or white, with six petals and a trumpet-shape central corona. They can grow to be 12″ to 16″ tall.

Daffodil bloom

Here on the Outer Banks with our longer growing season bulbs should be planted about 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes; late November to early December. Soil temperature should be below 60 degrees.

Daffodil bulbs


  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Well Drained Soil
  • Low maintenance perennial


  • Fertilize when planted
  • Plant 6″ to 8″ inches below ground
  • Cut back stems in the Fall
  • Divide every 5 to 10 years

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Updated on Aug 31, 2020
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