Pheasant's Eye Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus)

IOMWildFlowers

Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Also known as Poet’s Daffodil, Nargis, Findern Flower and Pinkster Lily, this variety of daffodil is uncommon on the island. Native to central and southern Europe, it often hybridizes with the much more common Narcissus pseudonarcissus and many hybrids can be seen around the island.

Narcissus poeticus has a stronger scent than other daffodils and its essential oils are used in many perfumes. The plant is also significantly more poisonous than other daffodils so foragers should take care to avoid it.

The Manx name for this flower is “Lus y ghuiy gheamagh”, which means (roughly) “Game goose plant”.

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