I'm not going to venture a guess at how many species are in the genus. But as a whole they all contain the toxic alkaloid Lycorine which inhibits protien synthesis upon ingestion. There has been more than a few poisonings as people have mistaken the bulbs for onions.
It's hard to beat a flower that blooms so early. Even though we are still deeply entrenched in winter at the end of January, it's refereshing to walk into the greenhouse and smell the fragrant early bloomers, and see the bright whites and yellows
I present here a few of the earliest in my garden at least.
|Narcissus cantabricus ssp. foliosus|
If my nose is correct this species has a very sweet fragrance, It caught me off guard on an overcast but mild late January day.
Bloming in the greenhouse January 31st, 2012
|Narcissus romiuexii 'Julia Jane'|
Deeper yellow version of the Moroccan native that is said to grow in Cedar and Oak forests on limestome or basalt substrates