Monday, March 7, 2011

March --- Flower --- Daffodil's

In most parts of the world March heralds the coming of spring. When the weather can be anywhere from beautiful, sunny and warm or cold, wet, rainy and in some areas still have snow on the ground. All of this makes Daffodils the perfect flower for March.

The botanic name for daffodils is Narcissus, which is a genus of mainly hardy, spring flowering bulbs in the Amaryllis family. They are native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. North American Gardens is known for citing that there are between 50 and 100 types of daffodils, excluding species variants and wild hybrids.

Genus: Narcissus

Class: Liliopsida

Order: Asparagales

Kingdom; Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

All Narcissus species have a central trumpet, bowl, or disc shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward edge of the ovary. The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner segments are petals. In laymen's terms this means the flowers of the daffodil have a trumpet shaped structure with a backdrop in the shape of a star.

Traditional daffodils in folklore, poetry and history tend to have a yellow color all over the flower.

The name Daffodil is derived from an earlier "Affodell", a variant of Asphodel. The reason for the introduction of the initial "d" is not known, although a probable source is an etymological merging from the Dutch article "de," as in "De affodil." From at least the sixteenth century "Daffadown Dilly" or "daffadown dilly" has appeared as a playful synonym of the name.

According to the Victorian era lists I have found, the meaning associated with the daffodil flower is uncertainty, chivalry, respect or unrequited love. However, they are more commonly known as symbolizing friendship and hope today.

Daffodil tidbits:

*The earliest known reference to Daffodils that has been located, can be found in the 6th century A.D. writings of Prophet Mohammed.

*According to Chinese legend, the daffodil is a symbol of good fortune. The daffodil is used as a symbol of the Chinese New Year and if a daffodil blooms in your garden on New Year's Day, your house will have good fortune for the entire year.

*Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can irritate the skin.

*Daffodils are the first flower to rise through the snowy ground, signifying the coming of Spring - a natural time for new birth and renewal.

*Daffodils are a perennial, every 5 to 10 years, divide the clumps of bulbs in early summer.

*Daffodils are the traditional flowers for a 10th wedding anniversary!

* The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.

*In Wales it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David's Day (March 1).

*Narcissus was, in Greek mythology, the Self-Admirer. One of the historical daffodil facts is that Narcissus fell in love with his image in a pool of water. He cried, and his tears are said to be the center of the daffodil cup. The legend further goes that the Gods thought Narcissus would starve to death if he remained at the pool any longer, and therefore turned him into a flower. Another Greek belief was that the daffodil was a symbol of death; emanating evil that produced madness and death.

*Another of the rather amusing daffodil facts developed during medieval times. Arabs extracted the juice of the daffodil for use as a cure for baldness. There is no record to show how successful this “daffy” treatment may have been. Also, the Arabians regarded the daffodil as an aphrodisiac.


These cheerful flowers make a perfect gift for anyone with a birthday in March.  Or to brighten your house after a long winter.   Daffodils are versatile and make everyone smile.

We would love to hear what your favorite flower is?


Catherine said...

Fascinating! Daffodils are always a welcome, cheery sight. Thanks for sharing the info!

Entwined Vines Jewelry said...

Your Welcome. I love daffodils and playing in the garden, so twas fun doing the reasearch.