Narcissus poeticus

Narcissus poeticus

Pheasant's eye

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Narcissus poeticus
  • Common name: Pheasant's eye
  • Family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Red

White

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Commonly known as the poet’s narcissi or pheasant’s eye, Narcissus poeticus is a late-flowering species of daffodil with pure white petals that surround a yellow, flattened cup fringed with red.

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Easy to grow, it’s a brilliant species for naturalising and growing in long grass, where the intense fragrance that emanates from the flowers will waft on the breeze. A bunch of the cut flowers will easily scent a room indoors.

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For best results, grow Narcissus poeticus in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. The flowers can be deadheaded, but don’t cut the foliage back until it’s yellow and withered.

How to grow Narcissus poeticus

  • Plant size

    35cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Narcissus poeticus and wildlife

Narcissus poeticus is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Narcissus poeticus poisonous?

Narcissus poeticus can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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