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 odorus. Sweet-scented, or Great Jonquil.
Petala 6-aequalia. Nectario infundibuliformi, 1-phyllo. Stamina intra nectarium.
NARCISSUS odorus spatha sub-biflora, nectario campanulato sexfido laevi dimidio petalis breviore, foliis semicylindricis. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 317.
NARCISSUS angustifolius, five juncifolius maximus amplo calice.
The Great Jonquilia with the large flower or cup. Park Parad. p. 89. fig. 5.
We shall be thought, perhaps, too partial to this tribe of plants, this being the fifth species now figured; but it should be remembered, that as the spring does not afford that variety of flowers which the summer does, we are more limited in our choice; the flowers of this delightful season have also greater claims to our notice, they present themselves with double charms.
This species, which, as its name implies, possesses more fragrance than many of the others, is a native of the South of Europe, flowers in the open border in April, is a hardy-perennial, thriving in almost any soil or situation, but succeeds best in a loamy soil and eastern exposure. Varies with double flowers, in which slate it is often used for forcing.
No notice is taken of this species by Miller, except as a variety of the N. Jonquilla, from which it differs toto calo.