Daffodil is the common name of the species of plants that are known more formally as Narcissus. Daffodil plants are known as Jonquil in some parts of the southern US. There are between 50 100 species of daffodil in cultivation, with wide range of colors, sizes and bloom times avalable. Daffodils first appear in recorded history around 300 BC, they were grown for medicinal purposes by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Chinese.
The bulbs of daffodil contain poison lykorine which can be very dangerous especially when eaten, small traces of the poison is also found in the foliage of the plant. The plants uses the poison to protect them from animal predators such as deer and rodents. Daffodils are native from southern Europe through western Asia.
According to ancient Greeks, a youth named Narcissus was so admired by his own reflection in a pool of water, he was unable to leave and eventually died without water or food and later daffodils grew on the spot.
Symbolizing new beginnings and rebirth, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Botanically named as narcissus, these flowers are sometimes called jonquils and because of their long association with Lent, in England they are known as the Lent lily. It is said that if you spot the first daffodil of the season, luck and wealth will find you for your next 12 months.
Chinese also believe that your home will be filled with good luck if your daffodils bloom during the New Year. The flower is used as a symbol of the Chinese New Year. The daffodil is also considered as a suitable flower for people who celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. It is also important to note that always present daffodils in a bunch because many people believe when given as a single bloom the flower can foretell misfortune.