Posted on: 06/03/2024 12:03:00

One Of The Most Beautiful Winter Flowers Of Crete, Narcissus Tazetta

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One of the most beautiful winter flowers of Crete, Narcissus tazetta, or paperwhite narcissus, is found all over the island from November through to February.

Often forming large drifts, the strong scent of this lovely narcissus can be carried on the breeze.

Unfortunately, the attractive blooms, with their sweet aroma, makes this bulb an ideal cut flower for brightening winter homes and huge bunches of picked blossoms can be seen in weekly markets.

The name of Narcissus tazzeta is coming from the Greek word “narki” that means numbness and the latin word “tazzeta” which is the little cup, due to the shape of the yellow part of the flower.

According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome man whom the Gods turned into a flower as a punishment for his vanity.

Judging from the beauty of the flower we understand why.