Sternbergia lutea, the Winter Daffodil, is part of the Amaryllidaceae family and grows in the North Walk island beds in the Parks. These are bulbous perennials with strap-like leaves. They are often confused with autumn-flowering crocuses, but an easy way to distinguish the two is by looking at the arrangement of stamens – the little pollen-bearing stalks at the centre of each flower. Crocuses have fluffy stamens whereas Winter Daffodils have singular, straight ones. They are providing a bright show in the borders now and will keep flowering for a couple more weeks. They grow to around 15cm tall and love a sheltered spot in full sun, although ours also tolerate a little partial shade. The plants need a sharply drained soil, though, and really dislike wet soil. They can be planted about 15cm deep in the late summer. Generally they are trouble-free and only need the dead foliage removing once it has fully browned off. Ideal for a splash of colour in the front of a sunny border; you can propagate them from ripe seeds with moderate heat. For more information, see the RHS website.