- SUN EXPOSURE
Mediterranean Europe and North Africa
Narcissus papyraceus, also commonly called a paperwhite, hails from Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa, and prefers drier climates. Unlike its central and northern European cousins, this plant is not cold hardy. The genus name derives from the Greek ναρκάω (narkos), which means "I am numb", which refers to the numbing toxin that these plants produce, and is incidentally the same word root as "narcotics". So it goes without saying, these blooms are beautiful, but not pet-friendly. Look, but do not consume.