Daffodil

Origin of the Daffodil

Daffodil, maybe better known under the botanically name Narcissus, is one of the more famous stories in the flower world. Not many people know how this flower got this botanical name. The attractive Greek Narcissus broke many hearts, this to the displeasure of many rejected women. These women asked God Nemesis to take revenge and that happened. The god seduces Narcissus to a pond and showed him his own mirror image in the water. Narcissus became spontaneously in love with himself and stayed looking at himself. It was the only thing he could do, he could not look away. Eventually, he drowned in the pond and at that spot, next to the pond, a beautiful yellow flower appeared called Narcissus. If a person overflows with self-love we also call this a narcissist.

What is less known is that the flower has a completely different meaning in oriental countries. Because of the hanging trumpet, the flower is there a symbol of hidden love. Secret lovers, or long-distance lovers, send each other the flower to express their love. The oldest cultured Daffodil (since 1601), a Double Kampernelle, can be seen in the Hortus Bulborum in Limmen, Holland.

Symbolism

The flower is a symbol of selfishness and vanity, but are also a symbol for a new start. Daffodils are the national flower of Wales and therefore also stand for respect and good fortune. In addition to the beauty of the flower, it is also grown for its medicinal properties. Out of the bulbs they make the substance Galantamine, which is used in a medicine for Alzheimer’s patients.

Colors, Availability, and Design Suggestions

Daffodils are probably one of the most undervalued flowers. They are known as spring flower and many people associate the flowers only with Easter. But the Daffodil is so much more! The flowers are available from December until April. In addition to the famous yellow variant, there are many more colors available including pink, orange, red and white. In total, there are around 8000 kinds of Daffodils divided into 12 main groups. Four of these main groups explained:

  • Trumpet Daffodil – the best-known kind to the public. With a large trumpet-shaped crown, each stem carries only one flower.
  • Large and large-scale Daffodil – have a wide variety of colors and shapes. The trumpets have different shapes, for example, ruffles or bowl-shaped. This narcissus is smaller than the trumpet variant.
  • Jonquille Daffodil – has multiple flowers per stem. The leaves are grassy and narrow, this daffodil resembles the wild variant the most.
  • Poetic Daffodil – also called white Daffodil, because of the white color of the flower. White petals in combination with an orange heart.

Shop Care Tips

If you put the flower on water or cut them, the flower buds will develop and open up. You can store the flower dry and cool. Are you going to use Daffodils in combination with other flowers in a bouquet? Then first put the Daffodils separate in a bucket or vase. You should do this because the first hours the Daffodils can damage other flowers because of a substance coming out of the stems.