Autumn Daffodil

Sternbergia sicula | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A bulbous perennial, sternbergia sicula brings a taste of spring in the depths of autumn. Sharing the popular common name for this genus, the autumn daffodil, it blooms spectacularly with six-petalled daffodil-yellow blossoms, opening wide to create a star-shaped head. Its foliage is a lush dark green, with narrow, thick and erect leaves that sometimes have light grey stripes. The autumn daffodil happily grows in rocky locations, but does not like wet weather. So, only plant in locations with very good drainge, like rockeries, and in well-sheltered areas. A superb choice for gravel beds too, but in cool conservatories growing conditions can be fully controlled.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.07
Spread [m]
  • 0.8 - 0.15
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Erect flower stem
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 45 - 150
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Bulbs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Rock garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years