1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume II

Narcissus major

Great Daffodil
Class and Order
Hexandria Monogynia
Generic Character
Petala 6 æqualia: Nectario infundibuliformi, 1-phyllo. Stamina intra nectarium.
Specific Character and Synonyms
NARCISSUS major foliis subtortuosis, spatha uniflora, nectario campanulato patulo crispo æquante petala
NARCISSUS major totus luteus calyce prælongo. Bauhin Pin. 52
NARCISSI sylvestris alia icon. Dodon. Stirp. p. 227
The great yellow Spanish Bastard Daffodil. Parkins. Parad. t. 101. fig. 1.

The present species of Daffodil is the largest of the genus, and bears the most magnificent flowers, but, though it has long been known in this country, it is confined rather to the gardens of the curious.

It is a native of Spain, and flowers with us in April. As its roots produce plenty of offsets, it is readily propagated.

It approaches in its general appearance very near to the Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus, but differs in being a much taller plant, having its leaves more twisted, as well as more glaucous, its flowers (but especially its Nectary) much larger, and its petals more spreading; and these characters are not altered by culture.

It answers to the bicolor of Linnæus in every respect but colour, and we should have adopted that name, had not the flowers with us been always of a fine deep yellow; we have therefore taken Bauhin's name as the most expressive.

It varies with double flowers.

51Narcissus major
Narcissus major
Great Daffodil

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