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Nargis, Chinese Sacred Lily, Jonquil, Lent lily

Narcissus tazetta


Narcissus tazetta is a BULB growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in). It is hardy to zone 8 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jan to February. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very alkaline soils. It cannot grow in the shade.It requires moist soil. Propagation Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. A short stratification will improve the germination of stored seed. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be left undisturbed in the pot for their first two years of growth. Give them an occasional liquid feed in the growing season to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants become dormant in the summer, pot up the small bulbs placing 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another one or two years in the greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant in late summer. Division of bulbs after the leaves die down in early summer. Larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions, or can be stored in a cool place and then be planted out in the autumn. It is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out when dormant in the autumn.


Fields, meadows and garigue, especially in damp places, in the Mediterranean. Spread across Europe to E. Asia.


Medicinal Uses Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Analgesic; Antiphlogistic; Cancer; Demulcent; Emetic; Poultice. Demulcent. Used in the treatment of boils and mastitis. The root is emetic. It is used to relieve headaches. The chopped root is applied externally as an antiphlogistic and analgesic poultice to abscesses, boils and other skin complaints. The plant has a folklore of effectiveness against certain forms of cancer. This might be due to benzaldehyde changing to laetrile-like compounds or to lycorine changing to lycobetaine-like compounds in the body.

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Shimla, Himāchal Pradesh, India

Spotted on Jan 24, 2012
Submitted on Jan 24, 2012

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