Although yellow is the most common color for daffodils, you may be surprised to know that there are many choices in color.
Among the thousands of cultivars, they range from bright, pure white to deep orange and even pink.
Are Daffodils Really Available In Pink?
It’s a bit of a stretch to say they are actually pink, but many specially-bred cultivars do come very close.
Most are more like peach or apricot in color, and they do typically have a bit of yellow as well.
It’s also important to note that pink daffodils tend to change colors as the blooms mature.
Some start with white or yellow, and the color intensifies to pink.
Still, others may start deep orange and fade to a shade of salmon.
Finally, those that begin with a rose color may fade to a paler shade of pink.
Do Pink Daffodils Need Any Special Care?
For the most part, care for pink daffodils as you would yellow ones, with one exception.
Their blooms are more delicate and do better in a partially shaded area than in the full sun.
However, if you plant pink varieties in full sun, their color will fade quickly, and you’ll find yourself with white daffodils.
Check out this article on How To Care For And Grow Daffodils.
What Are Some Of The Best Old Time Pink Daffodil Varieties?
1. Precocious is a prize-winning cultivar that comes closest to being true pink.
It is a very hardy and vigorous variety that produces enormous flowers with deep rose-pink cups.
This variety stands 14″ to 16″ inches high.
2. Mrs. RO Backhouse is a pretty, pink heirloom variety first introduced in 1921 and is the first of the pink daffodils.
This cultivar was named after the wife of the developer. It’s peach/pink blooms fade as they age. Yet, this stunning classic beauty stands one or two feet high with flowers as broad as 4″ across.
3. Salome is another heirloom variety with white petals and pretty, soft coral or apricot trumpets that fade as the blooms mature.
This plant stands between 14″ – 16″ inches high and blooms in the middle of spring.
4. Bell Song is a mid-sized (8″ – 14″ inches) variety that produces a pair of intensely fragrant pink blooms per stem late in the springtime.
This variety is a lovely addition to a cutting garden.
5. Accent is a tall (16″ – 18″ inches) frilly beauty that displays white petals with a deep salmon pink trumpet in the middle of the springtime.
This variety can take a little more sun than most pink daffodils, so it’s a good choice for naturalizing.
6. Pink Charm stands 12″ – 16″ inches high and produces huge (3″ – 4″ inches wide) white flowers with deep coral, ruffly trumpets.
This is another good, sun-hardy choice for naturalizing and would be nicely intermixed with Accent.
7. Replete is another tall variety (12″ – 16″ inches) that produces vast (4″ inches wide) showy flowers.
Its corona is double ruffled and marked with splashes of pink and salmon that fade from very bold (almost orange) to softer rose/pink.
8. Narcissus Pink Charm and Narcissus Pink Angel are two smaller pink varieties, although neither are especially pink.
Both stand between 12″ – 16″ inches high. Each has pure white petals.
In addition, Pink Charm has a yellow cup with a deep coral rim, and Pink Angel has a white cup with a pinkish edge.
What’s The Best Way To Choose Pink Daffodils?
To get a start, it’s clever and often thrifty to order a mix from a reputable bulb company.
Many good companies offer a combination package of various pink daffodils especially chosen to do well in your area.
For best success, follow package directions very carefully when planting.