Poet's Narcissus (Narcissus poeticus) in the Daffodils Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Narcissus poeticus Accepted
Narcissus obliquus Synonym
Narcissus ornatus Synonym
Narcissus pseudo-poeticus Synonym
Narcissus tubaeflorus Synonym

Also sold as:
Janette des Contois

Data specific to Daffodils (Edit)
Division: Division 13 - Species (Botanical and Wild Variant)
Color: Perianth (Petals): White
Color: Corona (Cups): Yellow
Description: white petals/red rimmed yellow cup/native to Europe
Bloom season: L - Late Spring
Height classification: Standard (12.8" to 26.6")
Hybridizer: n/a
Year of registration: n/a

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 10 to 13 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Other: spicy fragrance
Flower Color: Red
Other: W - YR
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Photo gallery:
Location: Clymer,PADate: 04/20/2019
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Location: Baltimore, MDDate: 2014-04-24
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Location: My GardensDate: April 24, 2011Very Close View
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Location: My GardensDate: May 4, 2011Whole Plant Clump
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-24
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Location: My GardensDate: April 24, 2011Very Close View
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Location: My GardensDate: March 29, 2014Close Up In Mild Sunlight
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-05-23
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-05-07
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Date: 2018-05-01
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 19, 2014 2:52 PM

'N. poeticus has long been cultivated in Europe. According to one legend, it was brought back to England from the crusades by Sir Geoffrey de Fynderne.[14] It was still abundant in 1860 when historian Bernard Burke visited the village of Findern—where it still grows in certain gardens and has become an emblem of the village.[15] It was introduced to America by the late 18th century, The plant has naturalized throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada, along with some western states and provinces.

Poet's Daffodil is cultivated in the Netherlands and southern France for its essential oil, narcissus oil, one of the most popular fragrances used in perfumes. Narcissus oil is used as a principal ingredient in 11% of modern quality perfumes—including 'Fatale' and 'Samsara'—as a floral concrete or absolute. The oil's fragrance resembles a combination of jasmine and hyacinth.


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