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Poeticus Narcissus, Poet's Daffodil, Species 'Pheasant's Eye'

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) (Info)
Species: poeticus var. recurvus
Cultivar: Pheasant's Eye
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Division 9 - Poeticus

Division 13 - Species (incl. Wild Variants & Hybrids)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

White/Near White



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Juneau, Alaska

Garberville, California

Santa Barbara, California

Dacula, Georgia

Macy, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Hanson, Kentucky

Frederick, Maryland

Belleville, Michigan

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2009, HesterPryse from Lexington, KY wrote:

This is my all time favorite Narcissus. The scent is fabulous and the flowers are lovely either in the garden or in a vase. 2 or 3 blossoms in a room will scent the whole room. It is well behaved in the garden, tending to stay where it is placed and the leaf is relatively inconspicuous as it matures and dies. I just wish mine would spread more! I have never had any allergic reaction to this plant although I do have allergic reactions to many plants.