6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Daffodil
Regarded as the birth flower of March, the beautiful daffodil heralds the end of winter and ushers in spring. Learn more about this popular spring bulb with these 6 trivial tidbits.
1. Daffodils or Narcissi (s. Narcissus) belong to the same family as the amaryllis, onions, leeks and garlic. They’re also known as jonquils.
2. The daffodil is the national symbol of Wales.
3. A bunch of daffodils are said to to symbolize new beginnings, rebirth, happiness and good fortune. Given as a single flower, it is said to be an omen for misfortune. It is also the symbol for the 10th wedding anniversary.
4. Daffodils are used as “cures” in feng-shui to help boost career luck. It is also believed that a daffodil that was force-bloomed exactly on the new year will bring 12 months of good fortune. White daffodils are preferred over yellow ones by feng-shui experts to use as cures.
5. In Greek mythology, the daffodil is said to be Narcissus, the young man bestowed by the gods with immense beauty. He became so in love with himself upon seeing his reflection in the water for the first time, not realizing that it was merely a reflection. One account says he drowned, another one said he committed suicide because his reflection didn’t return his affections. Either way, the gods, in order to save his life, turned him into a flower near the water’s edge.
6. The plant is toxic, with the bulb being the most toxic part especially when eaten. Ingestion can cause severe stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, trembling, paralysis and cardiac arrest. Ingestions of large quantities may result in death. The sap of the daffodil can cause skin irritations.