Last weekend we had family over for brunch and I bought a ginormous bunch of paperwhites to decorate the table. True, their smell is not for everyone (especially as they start to die), but I’ve always loved their tall stems and cheerful white blooms. So for this week’s Flower Glossary we’re celebrating one of my favorite cold-weather flowers. I think paperwhites look just as beautiful en masse as they do growing from a single bulb, so if you don’t feel like a bunch, give a single growing bulb a try! xo, grace
Additional Information about the Paperwhite:
- Full Name: Narcissus papyraceus
- Growing details: Paperwhite bulbs like bright daylight, but don’t like direct sunlight. Temperatures in the low to mid 60s are ideal. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when most people plant or force bulbs, which take 3-4 weeks to bloom. (Though some varieties can bloom February-March)
- Varieties: There are several varieties that produce a range of white to nearly orange blooms. The most popular variety, Ziva, has the strongest smell.
- Size: Stems can grow between 12 and 18 inches in height.
- Cost: Bulbs are affordable, around $2-$4 a piece. Cut flowers and plants range from $2 per stem to $30 for a full plant.
Photograph by Maxwell Tielman