Daffodils are often associated with rebirth and springtime because it is one of the earliest flowers to bloom. Many people choose daffodils as their favorite flowers to grow in the spring. It has trumpet-shaped flowers with many colors and sizes. Some of them are pastel yellow, white, pink, and even green. But most daffodils come in bright sunny yellow that shines out cheerful energy. Here is the list of daffodil meaning, facts, and care guide
Facts and Characteristics
Daffodils’ genus name is narcissus—is derived from the Greek God, Narcissus, who was falling in love with his reflection in the river and died when he tried to catch it. As daffodils grew along the stream banks and its beautiful flower reflected in the water, it became associated with Narcissus.
As being said before, daffodils have trumpet-shaped flowers which stalk is slender and raised above the foliage. Daffodils size is range from 2-inch to 2 ft plants with a ½ inch to 5-inch blooms. It originally came from Mediterranean regions, but it was being abandoned by Romans and Greek.
Daffodils are now growing wild in most European countries, especially Austria and Switzerland where they even celebrate the blooming of daffodils with festivals. Since the bulb of daffodils is toxic, only some part of it that can be used for herbal or natural remedies. Some of them are:
Narcissus Plaster: it is made of the bulb of daffodils and used to relieve arthritis, burns, strains, and wounds.
Traditional Medicine: ongoing research is currently studying how the daffodils can treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Herbal Remedies: It is believed that daffodil can treat asthma, whooping cough, colds, and to induce vomiting. However, daffodil can be dangerous, so use it with caution.
Fragrance: Essential oils made from the daffodil can be used for reducing stress and promote relaxation, but too much oil might cause vomiting and headache so use it carefully. Also, daffodil can be used in perfumes, crafts, and cosmetics.
Meaning and Symbols
The primary symbols of daffodils are the coming of spring, rebirth, and new beginnings. But it also has many other meanings, such as mercy, memory, renewal and strength, awareness and inner reflection, inspiration, and creativity.
The daffodil meaning across cultures are pretty similar, probably because it appears like a warm ray of spring after the cold, dark days of winter.
White daffodil meaning good fortune in Chinese culture, and it is also believed to bring good luck, fortune, and prosperity, so it becomes the official symbol of the Chinese New Year. While in France, the daffodil is a symbol of hope.
People in Wales believe that if you find the first bloomed daffodil, then for the upcoming year you will get a great blessed with more gold. In Japan, daffodil means joyousness and mirth. Then in Arabian countries, daffodil can cure baldness and as an aphrodisiac.
The yellow daffodil meaning in the United States is symbolizing hope for a cure, and it becomes the official symbol of the American Cancer Association. It is also used to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary that represents cheerfulness, happiness, and joy, and a symbol for March.
The other meaning is associated with daffodil spiritual meaning, like a bad omen. The medieval Europeans believed that it was a sign of impending death if your gaze caused a daffodil to wilt.
Another legend said that daffodil must be given in a bunch because a single bloom can foretell misfortune.
Red daffodil meaning is love, desire, and romance, while purple daffodil meaning is refinement, pride, and success.
How to Plant
- First, plant daffodil 2 to 4 weeks before the soil freezes (in the fall).
- Daffodil must be planted on a site that has partial shade or full sun.
- Put them in a well-draining site and moderately fertile so it will grow best during the growing season. It might be susceptible to rot if the soil is too wet.
- According to daffodil variety, some of them prefer neutral to acidic soil, and some others prefer somewhat alkaline soil.
- Choose a larger bulb and get high-quality bulbs that haven’t been dried out.
- Plant the bulbs 1 ½ to 5 times deeper than their depth. Make sure to cover the bulb 3 inches deeper when the winter is severe.
- Give them space about 3 to 6 inches apart.
- Sprinkle some bulb fertilizer (if necessary) during planting.
- Don’t uncover the daffodils as it protects them against cold, drying winds.
How to Care
- If after flowering the daffodils are not as good as you want them to be, apply high-potash fertilizer and a low-nitrogen.
- Don’t forget to water them in dry spring weather as the flowers may be failed to bloom in dry conditions.
- To have a neater garden, deadhead the plants when the flower fades and let leaves to remain (6 weeks).
- When the flowering gets sparse or the clumps congested, lift and divide the clumps.
- Allow the plants to grow and bloom until they die. If you cut them down earlier, they might not have enough energy to restore for next year’s bloom.
- Twist the leaves or snip them at the base while pulling lightly to remove the dead plants.
- Add bone meal to the soil for next year’s blooms once the daffodil is wilt away.
Daffodil meaning might be varied, but it is mostly in a good way. If you are interested in gardening, you might want daffodil in your garden. It is perfect for spring and could be the source of energy to begin the new year.
Another good thing is that the daffodil is easy to grow—it is great for a beginner. Daffodil also perfect for a birth celebration, a housewarming, and to celebrate an old relationship. Make sure you fertilize it and take good care of it, then daffodils will bring you good luck!