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Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae)

Perennial plant cultivated for decoration is present in many garden varieties and also grows wild. It has oval shaped scaly bulbs underground, grows a flower stalk between the leaves in early spring and blooms a flower at the tip.


Habitat Cultivated in the garden, it also grows wild in sunny places.
Parts of the plant that may be ingested accidentally. Leaves, scaly bulbs, etc. It might be mistaken for scaly bulbs of wild rocambole, or its leaves for Chinese chives.
Symptoms Vomiting, inflammation of stomach and intestines, diarrhea, headache, etc.
Venomous constituents Alkaloids such as lycorine, tazettine and similar. Whole plant is poisonous.

Wild rocambole scaly bulbs (edible)    Narcissus scaly bulbs (poisonous)
Left:Wild rocambole scaly bulbs (edible)
and right:Narcissus scaly bulbs (poisonous)


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