E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Narcissus poeticus L.
poet's narcissus
Amaryllidaceae (Lily family)
(Previously in Liliaceae)

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© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #6695)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from an egg-shaped bulb 2-3 cm long; flowering stems 30-50 cm tall, more or less compressed, 2-edged, smooth.
Basal leaves few to several, linear, erect, about as long as the stem, 6-13 mm wide, flat, glaucous, smooth, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence usually of solitary, terminal, nodding, short-stalked flowers, the stalks issuing from a membranous tubular bract; flowers white, of 6 similar segments fused at the base into a 2.5-cm long tube that spreads to the broadly egg-shaped, spreading, overlapping tepals, the shallow cup-like crown (the corona, rising from between the segments and the stamens) several times shorter than the tepals, deep yellow or whitish, frilly and red-edged at the mouth; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered; ovaries inferior.
Capsules, triangular-egg-shaped, about 1.5 cm long; seeds several to many.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to moist fields, roadsides and waste places in the lowland zone; rare garden escape on S Vancouver Island; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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