March Flower of the Month – Narcissus (aka Daffodil, Jonquil)

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 and 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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