Friday, February 3, 2012

Crispin de Pass: Narcissus




This engraving by Crispin de Pass shows the Narcissus pseudonarcissus, commonly known as wild daffodil. Because of structural differences in the blossom, it seems safe to say that this might be related to the plant Georg Ehret identified, but it is not the same plant.

About this plant de Pass wrote:
The Pseudonarcissus multiplex... puts forth leaves much resembling those of a leed or a true Narcissus: but owing to the great number of its petals it has in the contre of the flower not projecting cup as in the other species. Its colour is deeper round the edges and the root also is bulbous.
A few facts about Crispin de Pass and the Hortus Floridus
A few facts about Narcissus pseudonarcissus

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