the traditional floral symbol of
The daffodil is a yellow flower
that blooms in the early spring. The best-known
daffodil has one trumpet-shaped blossom at the
end of each stalk, with five or six bluish-green
leaves about 15 inches long. Wild daffodils are
usually golden yellow in color, but domestic
varieties come in a wide range of colors --
yellow, white, orange-red, orange, salmon, etc.
A very popular garden flower,
the daffodil is one of the first bulb plants to
flower in the spring. It does well in both sunny
and part-shade locations, and since the bulb is
poisonous is rarely infested with insects or
bothered by other garden pests (such as
squirrels). Although it can reproduce by seed,
most gardeners plant daffodil bulbs, since it
takes less time for a new plant to blossom from
bulb than seed (it can take up to five years for
a seed plant to produce its first bloom).
Daffodil bulbs can live a very long time, so the
gardener should periodically divide a daffodil
bed in order to prevent over-crowding, which can
lead to lower flower production and low-quality
Daffodils are native to the
Mediterranean region, particulary the Iberian
Peninsula, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.
The earliest recorded mentions of domesticated
daffodils go back to the ancient Greeks and
Romans, sometime around 300 B.C. Daffodils lost
favor with the fall of the Roman Empire, and did
not reappear in gardens for over 1300 years.
About 1629, a group of Englishmen began
transplanting wild daffodils in their gardens,
and the daffodil has remained a popular garden
flower ever since. It was introduced into the
Americas by early English colonists.
genus & species Narcissus
American Daffodil Society www.daffodilusa.org
The Flower Expert www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/daffodil
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