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MARCH - DAFFODIL


Generally a longer flower stem and at the top of that there are generally 5 or 6 flowers that will bloom off of it. These flowers come in all different colors, you may find white ones, you may find yellow ones, there are even pink ones and some other great colors. The natural daffodils grow in a golden- yellow color and are a beautiful looking spring flower. It is a flower that you will find in yards all over the world. Daffodil, Narcissus and Jonquil were once separate flowers. Interbreeding and hybridizing produced more than 5,000 varieties, in 11 main categories.


Flower Language:

Japanese: Respect

Victorian: Friendship, Happiness

Western: Chivalry or Unrequited Love

To give a daffodil to your sweetheart it is a sign of love, hope, joy, through respect.

For a lady to give a man a daffodil, it denotes her insight to his chivalrous manner.


Through the Ages:

Poultry keepers thought the flower was unlucky and would not allow it in the home as they believed it would stop their poultry laying eggs or the eggs hatching.

A superstition in Maine, states that you will cause a daffodil not bloom if you point at it with an index finger.

The daffodil was accepted by the Druids as their national flower, symbolizing purity.

The Arabians used this flower as an aphrodisiac.

Medieval Arabs used the juice of the walk daffodil as a cure for baldness.

The Egyptians often hung wreaths of narcissus during funerals
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In Medieval times it was believed that if a Daffodil drooped or wilted while you were watching, it was an omen of death.

Roman/Greek:

According to the Greek mythology, Echo was a mountain nymph who fell madly in love with a beautiful young man, Narcissus-- a vain youth who cared for nothing but his own beauty. He spent all his time looking at his own reflection in a pool of water and spurned Echo's love until she finally faded away, leaving nothing but her voice. The gods, angry with Narcissus because of his vanity, changed him into a flower who was destined always to sit by a pool nodding at his own reflection.  Similar versions of this myth occur in Rome, Arabia, Egypt, Spain and Portugal.

Venus, god of beauty, governs all daffodils except the yellow, and that belongs to Mars, god of war.

Both the Greeks and Egyptians related the flower with death. The Egyptians often hung wreaths of narcissus during funerals. In medieval Europe, it was believed that if a daffodil drooped when you looked at it, it was an omen of death. The Arabians used this flower as an aphrodisiac.

Christian Symbolism:

It is said the Daffodil also first bloomed during the time of Christ’s Resurrection, and the Christian faith holds the flower in high regard as an Easter symbol. The legend says the Daffodil first appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane, during the happening of Christ's The Last Supper, it was a sign of great sorrow, and hope for better things to come. According to stories passed down throughout the generations, Lent, the 40 days of fasting, prior to Easter Sunday, the Lenten Lilly is the symbolic flower used by Christians to proclaim their respect of the Resurrection.

CULTURIAL

China: A symbol o f wealth and good fortune and celebrate when the Daffodil blooms

Chinese Feng Shui: believe the flower brings good luck for the next twelve months if forced to bloom during the New Year.

Greece, the Daffodil is known as narcissus. Narcissus tazetta, is called Little Tear Drops.

Germany, daffodils are called Osterglocken, Easter bells.

England they are known as Lent Lilies

Persai use Daffodils for Nawruz, their New Year.


Emblem:

MAINE: The last weekend in April is reserved for the Daffodil Festival in Nantucket, MA. Festival participants parade and display antique cars decorated with daffodil blooms.

WALES: It is the national flower of Wales because it blooms on 1st March, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales, St. David. Prince Charles is paid one Daffodil annually as rent for the unattended lands of Scilly. The local Environmental Trust is responsible for the payment.

Organization: American Cancer Society

Medicinal Uses

Daffodils first appear in recorded history around 300 BC and were grown for medicinal purposes by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese.

It was brought to Britain by the Romans, who mistakenly believed that its sap could heal wounds. Daffodil sap contains sharp crystals that prevent animals from eating the flower. The name, ~narcissus~ comes from a Greek word meaning ~to numb.~ It was given this name because if one is enclosed in a small space with the flower, the scent will induce a headache.

The Roman soldiers were said to have among other items in their sack, a sachet of daffodil bulbs. If they fell to fatality, they would eat the bulb of the daffodil, to die with mercy. The bulb has narcotic toxic  properties, and the soldier's pain would numb until his death.


Culinary Uses - NONE

Careful with that! Daffodil bulbs contain the poison lykorine, which is also found in small traces in the foliage of the plant. The poison protects daffodils from animal predators, making it a good plant for areas where deer and rodents are known to be a problem in the garden.

Care

The good thing about the daffodil is that it is so easy to grow. This is a flower that is a great beginner flower and this is proven with all the flower beds that it is in across the world. With a daffodil, it actually will grow quick and will bloom quickly so if you are growing it, you will feel great because it will start to bloom in early spring just after you’ve planted it. Make sure that if you are growing this flower that you are taking care of it, give it enough water and make sure that it has proper drainage so that you are able to grow the beautiful flowers that come from it.

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A little yellow cup,

A little yellow frill,

A little yellow star,

And that's a daffodil.

Author Unknown.

 

 

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