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Petals: White and gold; long and thin outer, small and scrunched inner Stalk: Thin and misshapen-looking. Cross-section semi-tubular, yet partially collapsed and corrugated, rather than cylindrical and hollow.(picture 3 compares the diameter of the two stalks, normal on bottom) (picture 4 compares cross-sections of normal vs. "hybrid," normal on left) Leaves: Slightly thinner compared to those of normal Narcissus tarzetta, but otherwise normal Flowers one per stalk
Discovered in Locust Grove, Georgia, USA
I found a couple bunches of our daffodil bushes in one small area with these beautiful multi-layered flowers. My initial thought was that perhaps they were rose-daffodil hybrids because they were so close to rose bushes. They even carried the distinct smell of roses, and much more pungently than their neighbors. I dissected one and noticed the stalks of these flowers seemed malformed compared to the stalks of the others (smaller, caved-in, and with larger ridges). They would frequently be blown over from the wind, probably because of this lack of structure and the additional weight of extra petals. Looking online, I found that these may be "double daffodils," or more closely, a "white lion" daffodil, although photos of the white lion variety don't seem to match exactly (the outer petals on my flowers are thin and spread apart rather than wide and overlapping).