This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Narcissus Minor. Least Daffodil.
Petala 6, aequalia: Nectario infundibuliformi, 1-phyllo. Stamina intra nectarium.
NARCISSUS minor spatha uniflora, nectario obconico erecto crispo sexfido aequante petala lanceolata. Lin. Sp. Pl. p. 415. Syst. Vegetab. p. 262.
NARCISSUS parvus totus luteus. Bauhin. Pin. 53.
The least Spanish yellow bastard Daffodil. Park. Parad. p. 105.
We are not a little surprised that Mr. Miller should have taken no notice of the present species, as it must have been in the English gardens long before his time, being mentioned by Parkinson in his Garden of pleasant Flowers: it is nearly related to the Pseudo-Narcissus, but differs from it in many particulars except size, vid. Lin. Sp. Pl. and Parkinson above quoted.
Though its blossoms are not so large as those of the other species, yet when the roots are planted in a cluster, they make a very pretty shew, and have this advantage, that they flower somewhat earlier than any of the others.
Like the common Daffodil it propagates very fast by the roots, and will thrive in almost any soil or situation.
Though a native of Spain, it is seldom injured by the severity of our climate.