Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pheasant's eye narcissi

One of my favourite introduced plants is the pheasant's-eye narcissus, Narcissus poeticus, from central Europe. I think it is because it is the last daffodil to flower (it is just coming out now) and has such a wonderful scent. There are plenty of look-alikes that flower earlier in the season, but nothing quite like the real pheasant's eye for quality.

There are scattered records of it growing as an escape across Sussex and there is a good clump in flower now on the north bank of Stream Lane, Sedlescombe at TQ770188. Those in the picture are in Sedlescombe churchyard.

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