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The daffodil is the official flower of March. I can’t think of a better choice, can you? Daffodils are one of my favorites because they are hardy blooms with a delicate appearance. I walked outside my home the other day to see a light covering of snow on a patch of daffodils near a tree. I had to admire them for pushing to get the spring season under way! So this week, I thought I’d dig up some facts on this tenacious flower. Enjoy!
Profile of a Daffodil
Many botanists believe that there are dozens of species of daffodil. Some examples are the Tazetta, Poeticus, and Jonquilla daffodils. Most daffodils grow well in the cold and are found all over the United States. Depending on the location, daffodils can flower anywhere from six weeks to six months.
When thinking about this springtime flower, many people envision a patch of brilliant yellow daffodils. But daffodils can also be white or orange. Some varieties feature two or more colors. For example, a Sentinel daffodil has bright white petals and a pink corona or cup. Alternatively, Jack Snipe daffodils have a yellow corona surrounded by white petals. It’s fun to study all of the different varieties of this charming flower.
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Caring for Daffodils
Daffodils are a favorite with both beginning and experienced gardeners because they are very easy to care for. Daffodil bulbs should be planted in either September or October so they will bloom in the spring or even during late winter. Select an area of the garden that receives partial to full sunlight and plant the bulbs about four to six inches apart. Be sure to put them in well-drained soil and water them immediately after planting them. If there is a dry period during the fall season, give them some water to make sure they stay healthy. These flowers vary in size but can have stems up to two feet long.
Fun Tidbits About Daffodils
- One legend states that giving a bouquet of daffodils to a friend will bring the person good luck. However, giving a single daffodil to a friend can bring the person bad luck in the future.
- Ancient Romans believed there was healing power in the sap of these flowers.
- Daffodils are sometimes called Narcissus after the figure in Greek mythology. The story goes that Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and the gods turned him into a daffodil.
- Long ago, farmers used to think that daffodils were bad luck. They believed having daffodils on their property would stop their hens from laying eggs.
- In England, daffodils are sometimes referred to as Lent lilies.
- The daffodil is the official flower of Wales. Legend has it that anyone who sees the first daffodil of the season will have good fortune throughout the year.
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No matter the variety, daffodils are always a welcome sign of spring. So take some time to look for any daffodils making an appearance in your neighborhood!