was once a common sight in the country and sold in flower markets but its habitat was reduced to a handful of sites because of intensive farming.
What does it do: Pheasant's Eye
contains strophanthin, and the glucoside adonidin, which is ten times more potent than digitoxin.
The pheasant's eye
, adonis vernalis in Latin, usually begins to blossom in March.
Late varieties include delicate white 'Pheasant's Eye
' with a red-outlined yellow center, and 'Rose of May', which has multiple, fragrant white blooms per stem.
Flowering begins in March with Minnow, followed by Silver Chimes in April and finishing with the classic Pheasant's Eye
LATE MAY Pheasant's Eye
The last to bloom, the highly fragrant Narcissus poeticus puts on a show in late May.
Also try narcissus obvallaris, our native Welsh Tenby daffodil narcissus poeticus, or Pheasant's Eye
narcissus, an old favourite with white flowers, tiny red trumpets and heavenly scent.
Q FOUR years ago I bought 200 Pheasant's eye
narcissus bulbs that I naturalised under fruit trees.
Lenten roses, pheasant's eye
, snowdrops and pasque flowers can be enjoyed on campus and around the headquarters building, the Lewis Education Center.
Less well-known but curiously named plants like weasel's snout, pheasant's eye
and shepherd's needle were part of the farmland biodiversity, although they were not always common, and some, like the corncockle, are even considered extinct.
Once the last tulip has dropped its petals, and the scent of the last pheasant's eye
narcissus has faded into the air, we're done thinking about bulbs until late summer.
Another late, fragrant, historic daffodil is the "Old Pheasant's Eye
," (early 1800s N.