This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The Daffodil is a native species, and is found in woods, copses, and pastures. The habit is erect. The bulb has membranous outer scales. The 2-3 leaves are linear, with a blunt keel, nearly flat, rather bluish-green, blunt. The flowers are soli-tary, yellow, bell-shaped. The scape is 2-edged. The tube and acute perianth-segments are nearly equal, long. The crown is bell-shaped, the margin 6-lobed, crisped, scalloped. The spathe surrounds the flower-stalk, which is short. The capsule is conical. The plant is 6-12 in. in height, the leaves never more than a foot long. The Daffodil flowers from March to May. It is a herbaceous perennial.
Like the last this plant, which is a native of Europe, is not indigenous in this country, but occurs in the south in many spots, as at Little Park, Margam, and in shrubberies, parks, and gardens. The habit and other characters are like those of N. ob-vallaris, but it has an erect crown half as long as the perianth, which in the Tenby plant is all yellow, the segments twice as long as the tube, and the crown 6-lobed.
The habitat of this plant is copses. The habit is lilylike. The plant is bulbous. The flowers and leaves are vernal (hence vernum). The leaves are nearly in 2 rows. The scape bears 1-2 flowers, not markedly winged. The spathe is divided into two nearly to the base. The flowers are drooping, greenish-white. The style is thickened above. The ovary is rounded. The seeds are caruncled. The plant is 6-12 in., flowering in March and April, and is a herbaceous perennial.