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Paperwhite Narcissus papyraceus

Growing Paperwhites: Tips at a Glance

Paperwhites: A Field Guide Fragrant and easily forced to bloom indoors, N. papyraceus bulbs are the winter gardener's solace.

  • Type Flowering Bulb
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 3-8
  • Light Sun or some shade
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Autumn
  • Design Tip Force it
  • Other Uses Strong scent
  • Peak Season Spring flowers

Paperwhites: A Field Guide

Fragrant and easily forced to bloom indoors, N. papyraceus bulbs are the winter gardener’s solace.

Paperwhites grown indoors tend to produce large flowers that are too heavy for the stems. For support, loosely tie the stems together with twine. In a garden bed, the delicate clusters of flowers give these members of the Narcissus clan a finer look than their coarser cousin, the yellow daffodil.

Is your flowering bulb a narcissus or a daffodil? Our contributor Kendra Wilson explains the difference in Narcissus or Daffodil: 5 Favorites to Grow Indoors or Out.

For more tips on how to force bulbs in winter, see our posts DIY: Bottle-Fed Paperwhites and Forced Bulbs: A Primer.

Planting, Care & Design of Paperwhites

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