Narcissus tazzeta: The overwhelming smell of spring

Εarly in February, a bulbous plant native to the Mediterranean, appears and diffuses a unique smell everywhere. A smell

that is dominating, not only in the countryside but also in the open markets, where it is usually sold in bouquets before it spreads its fragrance in many houses in Crete.

The name of Narcissus tazzeta is coming from the Greek word “narki” that means numbness and the latin word “tazzeta” which is the little cup, due to the shape of the yellow part of the flower.
According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome man whom the Gods turned into a flower as a punishment for his vanity. Judging from the beauty of the flower we understand why.