Mrs. R.O. Backhouse
W - P
Mid-Season to Late
Standard - 32.5 to 67.5 cm (12.8 to 26.6 in)
Mrs. R.O. (Sarah) Backhouse
pre 1921, registered with the RHS
Both Seed and Pollen fertile
1 times as seed, 26 times as pollen
Parentage thought to be 'Lord Kitchener' and possibly 'Will Scarlett';Fl. 97 mm wide; perianth segments ovate in outline, rounded or somewhat squarish at apex, prominently mucronate, spreading, slightly twisted, overlapping half; the inner segments more or less inflexed; corona cylindrical, pale apricot pink, shading to a deeper tone at rim, with mouth slightly expanded and loosely frilled, rim crenate.
According to daffodil historian John Hunter, of the National Daffodil Society of New Zealand, a description from a book published in 1962 stated, “Only one reliable pink and white daffodil has yet become low-priced. This is 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' which has rather poor, thin waved petals and a largish crown quite richly colored a shell pink which is deepest around the brim.”
Named by Robert Backhouse in 1923 in memory of his late wife Sarah Elizabeth, née Dodgson (1857-1921). Sarah was renowned for her daffodil breeding accomplishments. She was particularly known for producing new varieties of red-cupped daffodils.
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