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Any of about 40 species of bulbous, fragrant, ornamental plants that make up the genus in the amaryllis family, native mainly to Europe. Popular spring garden flowers include the daffodil, or narcissus (), the jonquil (), and poet's narcissus (). The stem usually bears one large blossom. The central crown of each yellow, white, or pink flower ranges in shape from the form of a trumpet, as in the daffodil, to a ringlike cup, as in the poet's narcissus. Rushlike or flattened leaves arise from the base of the plant. Though poisonous, the bulbs were once used in medicines.
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