Narcissus Info


Galantamine is an alkaloid that inhibits acetylcholinesterase and is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. It is extracted from the bulbs and leaves of daffodils (Narcissus), snowdrops (Galanthus)and summer snowflake (Leucojum).-from Roger Bolger’s site.

Plant tip for Narcissus

In the same entry he mentions,”Paperwhite narcissus grown indoors commonly grow too tall and flop over. A Cornell University study found that diluted rubbing alcohol added to the water shortens stems and leaf growth without affecting the bloom quality.”

I think that is worthwhile to know- I love a stand of paperwhites in the dead of winter- they are so graceful and cheering. Sturdier stems prolongs the show. Worth trying….

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