Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Narcissus tazetta ‘Soleil d’Or’

An old tazettiform narcissus with stems bearing many scented, gold and tangerine-orange flowers in spring.  To 45cm.  ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ is a more recently introduced, improved variety.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Curtis's Botanical Magazine figures as Narcissus tazetta, a plant very similar if not identical to ‘Soleil d’Or’.  [BM t.925/1806].  The illustration used here is taken from a water colour painting from ‘Ellensville’, NSW.  The painting was executed about 1840.  Reproduced courtesy of Pacita Alexander.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in an Addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.65/1857].  ‘Soleil d’Or’ is very commonly grown in Australia today and is still present in the Camden Park gardens.  


‘Soleil d’Or’ should probably be classified in the Narcissus tazetta subspecies aureus.

Published May 23, 2009 - 04:39 PM | Last updated Aug 08, 2012 - 02:32 PM

The image shows narcissus with bright yellow perianth and orange-red cup with blue Forget-me-Not.  Courtesy Pacita Alexander

Narcissus Soleil d'Or with Forget-me-not, Myosotis sp. | water colour c.1840 | courtesy of Pacita Alexander


Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin. Mediterranean

  • Narcissus tazetta L. subsp. aureus Bak. ‘Soleil d’Or’
  • Narcissus aureus Loisel. ‘Soleil d’Or’


Common Name

Soleil d’Or

Name in the Camden Park Record

Narcissus Soleil d'Or 


Confidence level high