Charming in Pink

narcissus Pink Charm

Narcissus 'Pink Charm' was recommended to me last year by a friend in Houston, TX, as a good daffodil for growing in a mild-winter climate.  I ordered some bulbs last autumn and planted them to fill in the gap that would be left when rose 'Angel Face' and the Catharanthus roseus got their winter pruning.


It's been a good season overall for narcissus.  Over winter, I actually despaired of seeing these come up and flower.  I had somehow forgotten that large-cupped and trumpet daffodils don't usually stick their noses up through winter weather, unlike their small, bold  cousins, the jonquillas, tazettas, and such.


When the leaves did appear, they took me by surprise, but what a nice surprise!  The flowers, too, are lovely, with a lightly lacy frill to the trumpets.  And those are as colorfast as need be, especially considering the amount of bright sunlight they receive.


I grew the occasional pink-cupped daffodil in my first garden.  'Romance' was the one I liked best there.  But I never became enamored of them, frankly preferring the cheerful yellows, whites, and oranges that shriek 'Daffodil!'  But I think I am quietly falling in love with the soft apricot-pink of this charmer.

narcissus Pink Charm
narcissus Pink Charm with small bee
...with friend - one of the smallest bees I've ever seen...
narcissus Pink Charm

Weather Diary: Mostly sunny; High: 94 F (34 C)/Low: 72 F (22 C); Humidity: 4%-34%

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Marcelo (Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:18)

    Beautiful Narcissus! I've never seen them in this color, I only know them in yellow and white.

  • #2

    Kris P (Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:45)

    It's an exceptionally pretty daffodil. I've been disappointed by the bleached out appearance of the 'British Gamble' I planted last fall so perhaps I try this one when fall planting time comes round again.

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:53)

    Marcelo - Many thanks! It seems that usually there are a few pink-cupped daffodils in the catalogs here, though it is mostly the yellow and white ones. I have read that there is a particular Dutch grower that specializes in developing them. I wish you could find 'Pink Charm' as I think you would like it! One nice thing about it is that the trumpets open pink, rather than opening yellow, then fading to pink (as 'Romance' does).

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:56)

    Kris - I'd certainly recommend this one! ;-) As I mentioned to Marcelo, I was very happy that the cups actually open pink, instead of fading to pink from yellow. They do fade somewhat in bright sunshine, but rather prettily because the throat is white anyway. And they seem quite robust.

  • #5

    Brian Skeys (Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:00)

    I think it is appropriately named.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Monday, 16 April 2018 11:45)

    Absolutely, Brian :)

  • #7

    Diana Studer (Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:53)

    the tiny bees are sweat bees?