The flower color of ‘Daffodil’ is very similar to that of ‘Canary’.  The coloration of the filaments (yellow, shading to red, opposite of most) is quite unusual and can help to identify the cultivar.

The plant form is a pleasing rounded bush (lower photo of my plant when it was 4 years old). I would give it a higher recommendation based on its flowers and form but I’ve found it to decline early.  The foliage of most woody peonies remains attractive right up until frost so I consider this decline to be a fault. I would be interested to know if others have observed this or if it is just my plant!


Cultivar: Daffodil
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 14932
Group: Golden Hind


Flower: Color: clear bright yellow, no flares
Form: semi-double, 3-4 rows of petals, occasional petaloids
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 6, green
Stigmas: very light yellow (“cream”- Reath and Saunders)
Sheath: light yellow (“cream” – Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: filaments yellow at base, shading to red, rather sparse and uneven stamens
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: slightly lighter green, red tinge to edges
Foliage form: rather long leaves, slightly narrow
Height: 30″ on 10 year plant


Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies