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Narcissus poeticus
pheasant's eye narcissus, poet's narcissus

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland western Washington; northwestern Washington to southwestern Oregon.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields and waste places.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, perennial herbs from bulbs, the bulbs ovoid, 3-4 cm. long and 1.5-2 cm. wide, the outer layer brown.


Leaves 4, flat, all basal, 20-40 cm. long and 6-10 mm. wide, green to glaucous.


Flowers fragrant, solitary on the scape; buds enclosed in a papery bract; perianth 5-7 cm. wide, the tube 2-3 cm. long; tepals 6, the distinct portions overlapping, white, spreading, ovate-obicular, 1.5-2.5 cm. long and 1.5-2 cm. wide; perianth tube surmounted by a cup-shaped corona, yellow with red, wavy margins; stamens 6, 3 included and 3 exerted; ovary inferior, 3-celled.



Accepted Name:
Narcissus poeticus L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 289. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Narcissus poeticus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Narcissus poeticus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Narcissus poeticus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Narcissus poeticus photos.

USDA Plants: Narcissus poeticus information.

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