14 Daffodil Facts You Need to Know

The sunny yellow daffodils are one of the first signs of spring and a sight to behold in flower beds or in natural areas.

Not many people know the Facts about Daffodils. It's known as jonquil and narcissus. This flower actually belongs to Amaryllis family. There are many types of species around the world.

There's a lot to love about these easy-to-grow blooms.

You can learn many things about the flower, in fact.


1. Daffodil is the official common name for any plant that falls under the genus Narcissus, including jonquils, paperwhites, and others. But most people use the term "daffodil" to refer to the familiar trumpet-shaped springtime blooms.

2. Daffodils are also called Lent Lilies, especially in England.
These spring flowers get this name because they typically bloom around the Lenten season, between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

3. There are approximately 36 daffodil species, but over 26,000 varieties of this flower have been cultivated.
The vibrant yellow color is classical, but some have other shades like white, orange, and pink.

4. Daffodils are the floral symbol for Wales and are usually in full bloom around Saint David's Day on March 1st.
According to the local legend, finding the first daffodil to bloom in a year brings good fortune and much gold.

5. When collecting daffodils, you must pick a whole bouquet or nothing at all.
This is because a single flower is believed to bring bad luck, while a bouquet ensures happiness.

6. Daffodils could flower for anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on growing conditions.

7. Daffodils are perennial plants that can bloom for several years as long as the environmental conditions remain favorable.
A well-kept daffodil field can consistently yield new flowers for as long as 50 years.

8. Tradition holds that if a daffodil is forced to bloom for the Chinese New Year, it will bring luck to the whole household.

9. You can't place cut daffodils in the same vase with other flowers, especially roses and tulips.
This is because the cut stems release narciclasine, a chemical that's typically toxic to other flowers but ironically preserves irises.

10. In the past, daffodils were used in brewing herbal concoctions and are still helpful in healthcare today.
They contain a unique compound called galantamine, which is used in making medication for Alzheimer's disease.

11. Daffodils are surprisingly tolerant of cold, and they're an ideal flower for novice gardeners in most regions of the U.S.

12. If you have a daffodil garden, you're sure they're protected from pesky pests like rodents, mice, squirrels, and even deer.
The flower bulbs contain poisonous compounds that make the animals avoid them.

13. Daffodils are given to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary. They represent a rebirth of the marital commitment.

14. Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II was buried with two daffodil bulbs covering his eyes.

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