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The ADS defines a Historic Daffodil as any cultivar formally registered with the Royal Horticultural Society or known in gardens prior to 1940.
The year 1939 at the end of this period, marked the beginning of World War II, a time during which fewer new daffodil cultivars were either created or made available, especially in Europe.
The ADS believes this class will interest a segment of exhibitors and may encourage bulb growers to keep these pre-war era cultivars available.
Because Historic daffodils tend to have less form than modern daffodils, they mmay be exhibited in special classes to compete against others iths same class.
The American Daffodil Society (ADS) maintains an "ADS Approved List of Miniature Cultivars".
A miniature single floreted cultivar normally possess a flower less than 50 mm (1.97") in natural spread.
For a multi-floreted miniature daffodil the guideline measurement for the floral mass is 72mm (2.83") in natural spread.
The ADS requires show exhibitors to enter miniature daffodils only in classes for specific for miniatures.
Any named, numbered, or species daffodil which appears graceful, with all its parts proportionately small, may be exhibited in Miniature classes and is eligible for all ADS awards
Fl. 60 mm wide, clear pale sulfur yellow; perianth and other petaloid segments in six whorls regularly superimposed, ovate, acute; the outer whorl spreading; the inner whorls successively shorter, narrower and more strongly inflexed.
A description according to Daffodils, narcissus, and how to grow them as a hardy plants for cut… 1907 by Arthur Martin Kirby, “A quaint old variety of greatest interest to the collector of varieties. The lemon yellow flowers are composed of six superimposed layers of six petals- like pointed stars-graduating in size. The single form is unknown.”
From Bowles’ 1934 in the The Narcissus” ‘Eystettensis’, generally placed with trumpet varieties and otherwise known as capax plenus or ‘Queen Anne’s Double Daffodil’, is another plant of mysterious origin. It stands alone in possessing several remarkable characters. These are, the absence of perianth tube and corona; the arrangement of the perianth segments in six opposite whorls, succeeding segments being placed exactly above one below to form a perfect star of six points; and the pale creamy-yellow coloring of the whole flower.”
A quote from Jefferson-Brown’s book Daffodils and Narcissi of 1969 about the synonym name of Queen Anne: Queen Anne’s Double Daffodil is another flower with which this monarch’s name is associated, but it is not our eighteenth-century queen, but Queen Anne of Austria who is so remembered.
'Capax Plenus', 'Gallicus Minor Flore Pleno', 'Pleno Flore', 'Queen Anne's Daffodil', 'Queen Anne's Double Daffodil', 'Robinus his Daffodil', 'Sylvestris Stellatus', 'The Lesser French Double Bastard Daffodil', 'Trilobus Plene'
Eystettensis, 4 Y-Y, Unknown Hybridizer, 1886
Photo #46293 James Ian Young, ScotlandEystettensis, 4 Y-Y, Unknown Hybridizer, 1886
Photo #42940 Barr Catalog, EnglandEystettensis, 4 Y-Y, Unknown Hybridizer, 1886
Photo #31982 Anne Wright, EnglandEystettensis, 4 Y-Y, Unknown Hybridizer, 1886
Photo #16713 Gertrude Hartland, IrelandEystettensis, 4 Y-Y, Unknown Hybridizer, 1886
Photo #3289 Mary Lou Gripshover, USA