Will the real Mrs. Langtry please stand up?

Old House Garden, an American mail-order source devoted to preserving bulbs, for many years sold a Mrs Lantry daffodil which is not actually a Mrs Lantry daffodil. "Our NOT ‘Mrs. Langtry’ (photo on right) came to us from one of Holland’s leading experts on historic bulbs, and as you can see it looks a lot like the TRUE ‘Mrs. Langtry’ (photo on left). It’s definitely a very old daffodil, probably from the late 1800s."



"However,", the Old House Garden continues, "the cup of the true ‘Mrs. Langtry’ opens a pale, creamy yellow and then matures to what the official RHS/ADS description calls “yellowish white, with canary yellow at rim.” The cup of the NOT ‘Mrs. Langtry’, on the other hand, starts out a richer yellow and never quite gets to “yellowish white.”

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