This delicately flowered daffodil adds fragrance to the Scented Garden.
Narcissus tazetta is one of approximately 150 species of European and North African bulbous plants whose natural range extends from southern Portugal to Iran, though it is widely naturalised across Kashmir, China and Japan. It has small bulbs to 5cm in length, and produces erect, slender leaves and a cluster of up to 20 small flowers on stems reaching 35cm. ‘Avalanche’ is a robust selection believed to have been introduced into cultivation in 1906 from a planting of N. tazetta on the Isles of Scilly. The flowers are 3.5cm across and have white perianth segments surmounted by a cup-shaped, rich yellow corona, and these produce a strong, sweet scent.