- USDA hardiness zones:
Split-corona Narcissus (Division XI). By definition, a split-corona daffodil flower usually features a corona (cup) that is split for more than 1/2 of its length. Flowers are usually solitary. Split-corona daffodils are sometime further divided into two classes: collar types (Division XIA) and butterfly types (Division XIB). ëMary Gay Liretteî is an early to mid-season collar type that rises to 14-16î tall. Each flower features white perianth segments and a salmon cup. Cup actually emerges yellow, but rapidly matures to salmon.
- Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moderately fertile loams. Bulbs prefer a neutral to slightly acid soil. Plant bulbs 4-6î deep and to 6î apart in fall. Light fertilizer may be applied in spring after shoots emerge. After flowers have bloomed, foliage should not be cut back until it begins to yellow. Flowers usually face the sun, so bulbs should be grown with any shade areas at the rear of the planting. Propagation by bulb division is easiest. Clumps may be divided when flowering declines or clumps become too crowded.
Size and growth:
- 1.0 to 1.5 feet
- 0.75 to 1.0 foot
Bloom / flowers:
- White with salmon cup
Showy flowers, White, and Pink
Best in beds, borders, rock gardens, wild gardens, open woodland areas, in front of shrubs or massed under trees. Best planted in quantity, i.e., from smaller groupings of at least 6 bulbs to large sweeping drifts. Large, naturalized plantings in informal areas (meadows or open woodlands) can be spectacular. Mixes well with other spring-flowering bulbs.
No serious insect or disease problems. Bulb rot may occur in poorly-drained soils.