Poet's Narcissus at Quarry Bank - April

Poet’s Narcissus can be found on the grassy bank by the bridge © Stefan Roberts

Poet’s Narcissus can be found on the grassy bank by the bridge

Latin name: Narcissus Poeticus

Common name: Poet’s Narcissus

Size: 30cm high

Planting: Grow in sun on any moist but well-drained soil.

Care: Generally trouble free. Do not remove foliage immediately after flowering as the plant will be producing energy to store in the bulb for the following year. Let the foliage die down naturally before cutting back. If bulbs are not producing flowers, it may be that the bulbs were not planted deep enough or that the plants have grown too squashed together and need to be split up in autumn.

Introduction: The flower is believed to be the one that inspired the Greek myth Narcissus and was also recorded in a poem by Virgil. Associated with beauty and romance, it is believed to have been brought into cultivation in Western Europe by returning Crusaders.

Description: A late flowering daffodil from mid-April to May (flowering earlier this year due to the mild weather). The Poet’s Narcissus comes from Southern European meadows and is particularly associated with Greece. As such it grows particularly well naturalised in long grass alongside other spring bulbs. The flowers are almost white with a small, central red-rimmed yellow cup. The flowers are highly fragrant, so much so they are used in the perfume industry. They can be found growing in the garden on the grassy bank by the bridge.