Folly
Classification:
2 W-O[ Large-Cupped ]
Season:
Late
Height:
Standard - 32.5 to 67.5 cm (12.8 to 26.6 in)
Registered:
Yes, before 1926
Special Class:
ADS Historics
Chromosomes:
28
Fertility:
Both Seed and Pollen fertile
Used as parent:
18 times as seed, 3 times as pollen
Comments

Fl. 95 mm wide; perianth segments broadly ovate in outline, blunt or squarish at apex, prominently mucronate, creamy white, recurved, overlapping half; the inner segments more narrowly ovate, with margins wavy and incurved; corona bowl-shaped, ribbed, yellow-orange, shading to red-orange at rim, with mouth expanded and distinctly 6-lobed. There is a question about the parentage of ‘Folly’: (Seedling W-R x N. cyclamineus) or (‘Beacon’ x N. poeticus var. recurvus)?

According to The American Horticultural Society’s 1937 issue of the The American Daffodil Year Book, Guy L. Wilson’s article “Some Modern Daffodils for Garden Decoration” states: “Declared by so eminent an authority as Brodie of Brodie, to be on of the most beautiful of all Daffodils, this is undoubtedly a flower of great character and distinction and being late to bloom it is much value in extending the season. Its gracefully recurving pure white perianth segments and clear orange red bowl-shaped crown, are equally charming when seen full face or in profile, perhaps the profile is even more fascinating; the flowers are well posed on very strong stems and the color lasts. I have been told that in parts of the U.S.A. The color of ‘Folly’ does not develop well. Possibly this may be due to dry conditions in the growing season.”