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Narcissus cyclamineus

Narcissus Cyclamineus

The small yellow flowers in the bulb lawn in the middle of the rock Garden

A wild daffodil native to Spain and Portugal, thriving in damp meadows. Although it was first described in 1816 it is now scarce in the wild - mostly due to over collection.

The latin word narcissus is frequently linked to the Greek myth of Narcissus who became so obsessed with his own reflection that as he knelt and gazed into a pool of water, he fell into the water and drowned. Legend has it that the Narcissus plant sprang from where he died.

All daffodils contain the poison lycorine, mostly in the bulb but also in the leaves. On 1 May 2009 a number of schoolchildren fell ill in Suffolk, after a daffodil bulb was added to soup during a cookery class.

 

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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information

 

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