DAFFODIL SELECTION IN LATVIA
At the present time some hybrids have been preserved at the Botanical Gardens of Latvia Academy of Sciences and the private collection of his daughter. These belong mainly to daffodil Group 2 (large corona) - 'Ritausma' (the Dawn), 'Inga', 'Katrine I', 'Mara', 'Aluksne', and others.
New impetus to daffodil breeding in Latvia was given in the 1970's and the 80's when daffodil breeding was started by Janis Ruksans, Evalds Paupers, Arnis Seisums and Juris Svarcs. Considerable achievements in daffodil breeding have been made by Janis Ruksans and Evalds Paupers. Several of their varieties have been registered with the Royal Horticulture Society in London.
Janis Ruksans has been extremely successful in the creation of large corona daffodils. The following varieties can be mentioned:
'Danute' (1992) 2 W-P (Passionale sdlg. x 'Fragrant Rose')
'Frosty Snow' (1990) 2 W-W (Knowhead x 'Fragrant Rose')
'Lolita' (1992) 2 W-P (Kens Favourite x Duncans sdlg.)
'Pink Shadow' (1992) 2 W-P (Elysian x Accent)