The Wild Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is found in ancient woods and undisturbed grassland. Scattered patches survive in the High Weald, although it is now rare.

Most of the daffodils growing on our roadsides and in parks are likely to be garden varieties. True Wild Daffodils are more subtle and delicate: shorter with lemon trumpets, paler yellow petals and grey-green leaves. Coppicing and less intensive grassland management help them thrive.

Although slow to develop, the Wild Daffodil is said to be the easiest, most successful daffodil to grow for naturalising in grass and beneath trees and shrubs. It can hybridise with other varieties so is best planted in separate groups. Why not try buying and planting some native bulbs if you have a garden or suitable land?

More information
Watch how to plant Wild Daffodils in grass from Monty Don on BBC Gardeners’ World.
See our grassland management advice.
See our woodland management advice.