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Daffodils, or Narcissus, is a genus of spring flowering perennial plants that belongs to the amaryllis family, called Amaryllidaceae. Most people know this flower by the names: daffodil, narcissus, and jonquil, although the most common name to use is ‘daffodil’.
History of the daffodil
The daffodil were well known in ancient civilisation but not yet formally described until Carl Linnaeus featured them in his ‘Species Plantarum’ in 1753. It wasn’t, however, until after the 16th century when the daffodil became a household name and increasingly popular in Europe.
The name 'daffodil' is an alteration of the name for another beautiful flower, the asphodel. Although it’s unknown how the initial “D” came to be added to daffodil. You will often find daffodils in meadows and woods in southern Europe and North Africa.
Daffodil March birth flower
Daffodils are the official birth flower of March. This is because in the Northern Hemisphere, March symbolises the beginning of spring, and daffodils are the first perennial flowers to bloom after the long winter months.
Daffodil symbolism & meaning
The daffodil is a symbol of spring and symbolise new beginnings and rebirth. They are considered to be a joyful and positive flower. It's a great gift as birthday flowers for a friend or even as unique anniversary flower gift for that one special.
How to grow daffodils
Daffodils are one of the most popular spring flowers and one of the most reliable spring-flowering bulbs that keeps on blooming year after year with little to no attention needed. They grow well in containers as well as open grass areas.
Daffodils are sold as dry bulbs in late summer, to plant in September. The most common colours are yellow and white. Daffodils prefer plenty of organic matter that improves soil structure and drainage. They prefer a sunny spot in fertile, well-drained soil.
Best time to plant daffodils
You should plant daffodil bulbs in early autumn, preferably September. If you are planning to use potted bulbs, then the best time is spring just before they bloom.