Plant of the Week: Hawera Daffodil

The High Line’s spring landscape is characterized by bunches of colorful spring bulbs, like Hawera daffodils.The High Line’s spring landscape is characterized by bunches of colorful spring bulbs, like Hawera daffodils.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

The Hawera daffodil, Narcissus ‘Hawera,’ is a dwarf daffodil with pale yellow blooms that hang like bells from a nodding stem. Like many of our recent featured blooms, Hawera daffodils are perennials that are grown from bulbs. Bulbs are great hearty low-maintenance additions to any garden, and since they pop up early in the year, they add beautiful early spring season color before most plants have even budded.

The Narcissus genus includes dozens of species native to a large swaths of Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, with an epicenter in the Mediterranean. The exact origins of the Latin name, Narcissus, are unknown. While the name evokes the Greek myth of Narcissus, scholars are divided on how much influence the famous hunter had on the naming of the flower. More likely, Narcissus, the hunter who fell in love with his own reflection, was named after the flower, which also springs up where the protagonist falls to the ground dead.

On the High Line between Little West 12th and West 14th Streets

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