Narcissus poeticus

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 Narcissus poeticus subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Narcissus poeticus, Linn. Poet's Narcissus. Pheasant's Eye. Fig. 2449. A beautiful and popular strong - growing and hardy species, 1½ft. high, the bulb 1 in. or more thick: scape or peduncle as long as the lvs., 2- edged: lvs. about 4 to a st., linear, ⅓ in. broad, somewhat glaucous: fls. solitary (rarely 2), fragrant, horizontal, wide open, the obovate overlapping segms. white, about 1 in. long in native plants; corona much crisped and red-edged, Kin. or less long; tube of perianth cylindrical, greenish, 1 in. long; stamens and style barely exserted from the tube. Medit. region.— An old favorite, recognized by the red-margined short corona.

Var. radiiflorus, Burb. (N. radiiflorus, Salisb. N. angustifolius and N. majalis, Curt.). Slender; lvs. narrower, and shorter than the scape: corona narrower and more erect; segms. narrowed below so that they do not overlap. B.M. 193. An early-fld. form, often known as var. angustifolius. Var. ornatus, Hort. ( N. ornatus. Haw.) is an early-flowering kind, distinct in its perfect form: segms. of good substance, imbricated, broad and rounded. Var. poetarum, Hort.(N. poetarum, Haw.), blooms after var. ornatua: fls. large; segms. imbricated and slightly recurved; corona red or reddish to base.

Horticultural forms of N. poeticus are plenus (Fig 2450 ) double, late-fld.; recurvus, lvs. much recurved, and segms. recurving; patellaris fls. flat, crown large, segms. much imbricated; stellaris, has a much distended bladder-like spathe. For poeticus forms, see Pugsley, Journ. Bot., Aug., 1915.

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