A daffodil bloom consists of two major elements: a corona in the center that looks like a trumpet and a surrounding ring of usually six overlapping petals. It is one of the most popular spring-flowering bulbs, besides the tulip, and demonstrates great variation in size, color and form.
In terms of dimension, daffodils range from cute miniatures with 1/2” flowers on short stems reaching no more than 2” to relative giants producing blooms of 5” in diameter on 2’ tall stems.
Blooms can be a single color or they can have differently colored petals and trumpets. Occasionally the trumpet’s rim is a third color. Although the typical hue is yellow, there are wide-ranging combinations from yellow-white, yellow-orange or rare yellow-pink to white-orange and white-pink. New additions to this color palette include red and lime green. A daffodil reveals its chameleon-like nature in its blossom, which often gradually changes its color as the flower matures. White bloomers, such as the old-time favorite ‘Mount Hood’, have a yellow tinge when they first open but gradually transform to pure white. The color change is most prominent in pink-flowered varieties, which usually start with yellow-orange coloring that gradually fades to pink.