Armada
Classification:
2 Y-O[ Large-Cupped ]
Season:
Early to Mid-Season
Height:
Tall - greater than 67.5 cm (26.6 in)
Registered:
Yes, before 1938
Awards:
This plant earned the First Class Certificate (FCC).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants of outstanding excellence for exhibition

*Award made after trial.

Qualified for cultivation in pots, Pans or bowls

Trial held at The RHS Garden, Wisley, Surrey, UK..

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1977.
*FCC(p)
1977; This plant earned the Award of Merit (AM).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants which are of great merit for exhibition

*Award made after trial.

Qualified for cultivation in pots, Pans or bowls

Trial held at The RHS Garden, Wisley, Surrey, UK..

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1976.
*AM(p)
1976; This plant earned the First Class Certificate (FCC).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants of outstanding excellence for exhibition

*Award made after trial.

Qualified for garden decoration

Trial held at The RHS Garden, Wisley, Surrey, UK..

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1968.
*FCC(g)
1968; This plant earned the Award of Merit (AM).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants which are of great merit for exhibition

*Award made after trial.

Qualified for garden decoration

Trial held at The RHS Garden, Wisley, Surrey, UK..

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962.
*AM(g)
1962; This plant earned the First Class Certificate (FCC).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants of outstanding excellence for exhibition.

Awarded by the Dutch "Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur" (KAVB), or in English, the "Royal General Bulbgrowers' Association" from Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1955.
FCC Haarlem
1955; This plant earned the Award of Merit (AM).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants which are of great merit for exhibition.

Awarded by the Dutch "Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur" (KAVB), or in English, the "Royal General Bulbgrowers' Association" from Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1948.
AM Haarlem
1948; This plant earned the First Class Certificate (FCC).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants of outstanding excellence for exhibition

Qualified as a show flower.

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1947.
FCC(e)
1947; This plant earned the Award of Merit (AM).

Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants which are of great merit for exhibition

Qualified as a show flower.

Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1945.
AM(e)
1945;
Special Class:
ADS Historics
Chromosomes:
28
Fertility:
Both Seed and Pollen fertile
Used as parent:
22 times as seed, 25 times as pollen
Comments

Fl. forming a double triangle, 108 mm diameter; perianth segments very broadly ovate, blunt, prominently mucronate, vivid yellow, spreading, a little concave, smooth, with margins minutely incurling at apex, overlapping one-third to a half; the inner segments more narrowly ovate, inflexed at base, reflexed near apex, with margins incurved; corona broad funnel-shaped, lightly ribbed, strong orange, mouth split in places and overlapping, wavy, with rim flanged and crenate.

A description according to Swains of Bristol 1954 catalog: “A sensational first early giant of glorious coloring; an immense flower with broad rich golden perianth and large bold, frilled cup of intense tangerine orange-red, which does not burn in the sun. The flowers are of great substance, short-necked and grandly posed on tall, immensely strong sterns. Freely increasing plant of enormous vigour. One of the great daffodils of future gardens.

Received the Royal Horticultural Society(RHS) Award of Garden Merit(AGM) in 1993 and the award was rescinded by the RHS in 2012.

Origin of Name

This story is more about the stock of ‘Armada’. Matthew Zandbergen was a good friend and frequent visitor to Guy Wilson’s home and garden. Zandbergen first saw the seedling in Wilson’s garden in 1938, and tried to buy it from Guy. In 1943, Zandbergen was able to get a letter out to Wilson that he was still alive. Guy decided then that if Matthew lived through the occupation, Guy would present the bulbs to Matthew as a sign of their friendship. Which he did.