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Narcissus (Paperwhites) - Tender III

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Paperwhite Narcissus, Tazettas
Categories:
Perennial Bulbs, Poisonous Plants, Spring Bulbs
Comment:

Narcissus (Paperwhites) flowers in early winter (Dec/Jan) for up to 100 days (depends on occurrence of frost) and plants are 12-18 inches tall. All are very fragrant.

Natural reproductive systems and growth and development requirements: Reproduces by offset bulblets and requires a warm (70 to 85F) - cool (40 to 55F) - warm (70 to 85F) annual thermoperiodic cycle.

Moisture: Tolerates (prefers) summer drought, but requires moisture during growing season.

Description:
Perennial, bulbous herbs; leaves narrow, flat, and strap-like; flowers single or in a cluster at the top of a naked stem, each white to yellow or red, with a tubular projection above the 6 spreading petal-like parts; fruit a capsule.
Season:
Planting time: October-November
Light:
Full sunlight to PM only or AM only sunlight
Height:
12-18 in.
Space:
1-3 in., 10-15 per sq. ft.
Flowering Period:
early winter (Dec/Jan) for up to 100 days (depends on occurrence of frost)
Flower Color:
available in yellow and white flowers
Depth:
5 inches to base of the bulb
Usage:
Beds, rock gardens, fresh cut flowers, and woodland gardens
Organ:
Tunicated bulb
Hardiness:
Tender III - Injured at temperatures below 35 degrees F , (2C) when planted
Origin:
Southern Europe
Poison Part:
Bulbs.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion and dermatitis.
Symptoms:
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, trembling, convulsions; may be fatal. Contact dermatitis ("lily rash") following handling of bulbs, flowers, and stems.
Toxic Principle:
Phenanthridine alkaloids such as lycorine, also calcium oxalate crystals.
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION SEVERE!
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower garden as hardy bulb; florist plant.

NCCES plant id: 832

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