It's the Plants, Darling

Tazetta time

If all goes as planned, this room (above) will soon be filled with these (below, sorry for the fuzzy pic). Erlicheer is my tazetta of choice—each stem produces a small bouquet of mildly scented white flowers.


As I’ve posted before, the commonly sold Ziva has become synonymous with paperwhites (narcissus tazetta cultivars) and, for many, has created the impression that all these flowers have a strong and (to many) unpleasant scent. And that they all have single white flowers. It’s kind of nuts—like assuming all roses look and smell the same. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen any other kind of tazetta other than Ziva in the big box stores. It seems like more people would buy more bulbs if they knew there were better choices—doesn’t it?

Posted by on December 10, 2012 at 8:03 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.
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10 Responses to “Tazetta time”

  1. karenj says:

    Thankful to hear that I’m apparently not alone in disliking the stench of those single paperwhites – and gives me the impetus to try some of these! Thanks!

  2. Carol says:

    I, for one, would love to hear about other “non-stinky” choices for paperwhites. I think they’re beautiful but can’t be in the same room with the smell.

  3. tropaeolum says:

    Erlicheer and Avalanche are my tazettas of choice! I’ve been forcing them for 7 years now. They are so easy, cheap, smell fantastic, and they help fight off the winter doldrums.

  4. Jason says:

    Tazettas are nice, but give me Amaryllis.

  5. Susan says:

    Elizabeth, this is lovely – but I’m guessing that you don’t have cats….

  6. Eliz. says:

    Susan, none of my cats (the one I have now and the one from before) seem to have the least interest in plants.

  7. MiSchelle says:

    Hah-I think Susan is referring to the catbox-like odor of paperwhites, Ziva especially, some people experience. You know, similar to the “soap” taste of cilantro. The first year I forced paperwhites my husband walked in from work and swore up and down the cat had “marked” in the living room. He cased the room, stopping next to the lovely white flowers and designated it as the spot the cat chose! Needless to say, they ended up on the back porch poste-haste. Does Earlicheer have a more pleasant scent, or is it less odorous?

  8. Inanna says:

    Are those pebbles they are planted in?

  9. Eliz. says:

    Yes, Ianna, those are river stones. MiSchelle, as I noted, Erlicheer and most other tazettas have milder fragrances.

  10. greg draiss says:

    I think they smell great!

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