Flower of March: Daffodil


Flower of March: Daffodil
  • Posted March 6, 2017

What's in a Name

The genus name Narcissus is thought to be derived from the Greek Narkissos, meaning sleep or numbness.


History

The Greek Myth of Narcissus and Echo details the often drooping appearance of Narcissus blooms. Narcissus had an unrequited love for Echo and hid in a cave to escape his sorrow. Often, he would come out of the cave to check his reflection in a nearby lake. Trying to get a closer look at himself, he fell in and drowned. A Narcissus flower bloomed in his place and its drooping head, leaning over to stare at its reflection in the lake, was thought to portray the vanity of Narcissus.


Symbolism

  • Friendship
  • Domestic happiness
  • Rebirth


Did You Know

  • In the Victorian language of flowers, Narcissus conveyed the sentiment “You are an Angel."
  • Narcissus may be white, yellow, or deep to pale orange, or a combination of two of these colors.
  • Jonquils are thought to bring good fortune to those who do not step on them.
  • Daffodils are often the first flowers to bloom during spring.
  • Narcissus' sap contains sharp crystals which protect them from foraging animals.
  • These same crystals cause other flowers to wilt if placed in a bouquet with Narcissus.

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Narcissus, Daffodil Indoors (Narcissus Hybrid)

Narcissus, Daffodil Indoors (Narcissus Hybrid)

Narcissus is a cheerful reminder of warm sunny days. The color and fragrance brighten up any room with the freshness and feel of springtime. When flowering is finished the bulbs can be planted outdoors in the garden to enjoy more blooms for years to come.

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