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Narcissus poeticus

By Squirrel  
Commonly known as either the 'Pheasants Eye' or 'Poets Daffodil' this is one of the oldest cultivated forms of Daffodil. It is native to central and southern Europe but is naturalised in the UK. According to old story's it was bought back to England in the time of the Crusades.
It is the latest to bloom and has a very heavy scent ( a bit like hyacinths or jasmine ).It is highly valued by perfume makers. Narcissus oil is a principal base used in about 12% of modern perfumes.
BUT do not be deceived by its beautiful appearance.
Gloves should be worn when handling the bulbs. Some people are sensitive to the calcium oxalate in the bulbs and it can trigger a form of dermatitis known as Daffodil itch. All Daffodil bulbs are toxic if eaten but this one should be treated with care. The sap is an irritant and if ingested in quantity is a powerful emetic.
The scent is very powerful and can induce headaches and vomiting if a large quantity are kept in an enclosed space.

Tags: Flowers and plants Daffodil Narcissus Narcissus poeticus

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