Daffodils - Meaning and History

Apr 25, 2022

Narcissi or daffodils are undoubtedly one of the most preferred spring flowers when it comes to giving a bouquet or garden presence. Unfortunately, many do not know the history behind these magnificent flowers, nor their meaning as well. Read more about the meaning of narcissi and their origins.  

Daffodils Bouquet in a Vase

Daffodils Bouquet in a Vase

Narcissus Flowers Short Description

The flowers are usually available in yellow, but white daffodils are available, which are not as abundant as the yellow ones. Also, daffodils are cultivated as single, double or multiple rows of petals. But those omitted by the Victorian language of flowers connect the meaning of daffodil flowers.

The overall look of the narcissus flower, especially its color and color history. It is the basis of the Victorian language of flowers for the symbolism of this flower in this modern time. The narcissus flower, which means associated with chivalry, respect, courtesy, and sunlight, represents the overall look of the flower. Sending a bouquet of daffodils is the most creative way to say the sun is shining when I'm with you. However, on the negative side, the meaning of the daffodil flower is associated with unrequited love. Unrequited love - perhaps a representation of the association of daffodils with the dead in ancient times.

Botany and History of Daffodil Flowers

Narcissus or Narcissus in the botanical field is a genus of flowering plants of about 100 species of the Amaryllis family. The flowers are also native to Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. They can also be found on almost all continents, producing this flower abundant for most parts of the world. The flowers also bloom mainly in spring, but there are also species of Narcissus that bloom during the autumn season.

Origin of the Flower

The English name for this flower, which is a daffodil, comes from the Greek word Asphodelus and from the Latin word Asphodelus, which means asphodel flower. There are also sources that say that the name of the flower is derived from the Latin word Juncus, which means hurry. The origin of daffodils is also described by Greek mythology. Not only that, but also according to Greek mythology, there was a young man who had been obsessed with his own image in the reflection. On one occasion he saw his reflection in a pool of water. As he knelt and looked down at the pool, he lost his balance, fell into the pool, and drowned. The Greeks also described daffodils as an immortal species of lily flower that over-expanded the plains of Hades just because of its pale yellow color. The color, overall appearance and history of this flower is at the heart of the Victorian language of flowers, connecting the meaning and symbolism of the daffodil flower. 

The Meaning of Giving a Bouquet of Daffodils Around The World

Daffodil is known not only for its beauty and aroma, but also for its many healing properties. The narcissist has always had a special meaning in people's lives, no matter where they live on our planet. So, among the Persians, this flower is popular among King Cyrus I himself and means "beautiful eye". Muslims have always revered the narcissist, because according to legend, Muhammad himself said that bread is food for the body, and this beautiful flower is for the soul. In ancient Greece, the daffodil embodied the narcissism and selfishness of human nature, and in ancient Rome, the yellow daffodil was an indispensable attribute of the meeting of winners and heroes.

In China, the daffodil is considered a symbol of the New Year, and the Chinese themselves call it immortal and watery. In England, this flower is much more popular than roses and is a symbol of Wales. In Prussia, daffodils symbolize love and happy marriage; in Japan this flower is a symbol of purity.

From ancient times the yellow flowers are considered symbols of betrayal and separation. In reality, however, these superstitions do not always turn out to be true. So, next time you are buying daffodil bouquets for your family and friends, keep in mind that it still will be a lovely act of expressing your emotions. Show them how much they mean to you!

Author: Sasha Middletown
Sasha Middletown
Photography enthusiast since 2015
Copywriter at TodayFlowerDelivery 
Marketing Student at University of Arizona
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Miss Daffodil wrote:

Daffodils are the best. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I am no good at gardening. I can't even grow a cactus. For this reason, I only enjoy daffodils as cut flowers in a vase. With the coming of spring, I always buy narcissi for my home as well as for the office, too. The moment I catch a glimpse of them in the morning, I'm charged up for the whole day.

Vidal Z. wrote:

This is the forth article this blog I read and I must say that you did a great job! I read a lot about plants, about growing them, I have come across articles about the history of their creation and about the symbolism, but here I find information that I have not come across before. Really intriguing articles for anyone on the wave of gardening.
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