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Chinese sacred lily
Narcissus tazetta in the Judean hills, west of Jerusalem
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Genus: Narcissus
Species: N. tazetta
Binomial name
Narcissus tazetta

Narcissus tazetta (Chinese Sacred Lily, Bunch-flowered Narcissus, Joss flower) is a perennial ornamental plant of the family Amaryllidaceae that grows from a bulb.

The Chinese sacred lily is neither sacred nor a lily. In the Romanized form of written Mandarin it is called shui xian hua which can be translated as water spirit flower. The botanical designation is Narcissus tazetta v. chinensis, or Ruen.

Its fragrance is quite different from that of its distant cousin, the paperwhite narcissus which has an animal scent to many people.

Special topiary carving techniques can be used to form leaves and flowers into fanciful shapes. The flower is an important element in the Chinese lunar new year celebration, and is sold at flower markets before the Chinese New Year. It is believed to be good luck to have the flower bloom on the first day of the Chinese lunar new year spring festival.

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N. tazetta


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales
Familia: Alliaceae
Tribus: Narcisseae
Genus: Narcissus
Sectiones: N. sect. Tazettae
Species: Narcissus tazetta
Subspecies: N. t. subsp. aureus - N. t. subsp.  corcyrensis - N. t. subsp. gussonei - N. t. subsp.  lacticolor - N. t. subsp. italicus - N. t. subsp. ochroleucus - N. t. subsp.  tazetta


Narcissus tazetta L. 1753


  • Hermione tazetta (L.) Haw., Suppl. Pl. Succ.: 142 (1819).
  • Narcissus aequilimba Herb., Amaryllidaceae: 404 (1837).
  • Jonquilla tazetta (L.) Raf., Fl. Tellur. 4: 21 (1838).
  • Narcissus aequilimbus Herb., Nyman, Syll. Fl. Eur.: 365 (1855).
  • Pancratium tazetta (L.) Sessé et Moc., Fl. Mexic., ed. 2: 85 (1894).
  • Narcissus tazetta subsp. eutazetta Briq., Prodr. Fl. Corse: 326 (1910).
  • Narcissus linnaeanus Rouy in G.Rouy et J.Foucaud, Fl. France 13: 40 (1912), nom. illeg.
  • Narcissus linnaeanus subsp. tazetta Rouy in G.Rouy et J.Foucaud, Fl. France 13: 47 (1912), nom. inval.


  • Species Plantarum 1:290. 1753.
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. 25053
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: N. tazetta.
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