Daffodil is one flower whose conspicuous yellow colored petals, would catch anyone’s attention from afar. The scientific name for daffodils is Narcissus.
Daffodils grow well in spring. It grows naturally in Southern Europe, North Africa, and the western Mediterranean. Daffodils also do well when planted in home gardens.
The flower is commonly yellow or white. However, there are other varieties for home gardens which are mainly orange or pink.
The following are some interesting features of daffodils:
1. Daffodil Flowers Are A Sign Of Hope
Soon after winter is over, new plant life shoots from the ground. Daffodil and other plants bloom to announce the beginning of a new season.
As daffodils bloom at the onset of spring, the occurrence is considered to be a sign of hope. It signifies that better things have arrived. It blooms immediately after the harsh cold temperatures.
Several cancer societies have set days when they sell daffodils to raise money to support cancer patients. Daffodil is the perfect choice since it’s a symbol of hope.
2. Scientific Name Narcissus Comes From Greek Mythology
In the Greek mythology, Narcissus is the name of one hunter whose handsomeness was magnificent. Daffodils grow with the flower part inclined downwards as if staring at the ground. Italian painter Caravaggio made a painting of Narcissus, a handsome young man staring at his reflection inside a pool of water. The painting of Narcissus by Caravaggio is likened with the way daffodils grow.
3. Daffodil Is Poisonous
The daffodil bulb contains a poisonous substance called lycorine. When daffodil is ingested in large amounts by animal or human, the result could be fatal. Symptoms of daffodil poisoning include abdominal pains, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Therefore, farmers do not allow their animals to graze near daffodils. It is advised that daffodils should not be put together with other vegetables as their appearance could be easily be mistaken with onions.
4. Daffodil Is A National Symbol In Wales
People of Wales wear Daffodils during the St. David’s Day. The event takes place on 1st March every year. This tradition supposedly dates back to the 6th century during battle seasons. In this era, Welsh soldiers fought bravely in fields of leaks and won the battle.
Saint David led the battle to victory. He also instructed his soldiers to pin leaks on their helmets. The soldiers believed that the leaks brought good luck in the war.
Daffodil is a look-alike of leaks. This is the reason the flower is used by people of Wales during the St. David Day.
5. The Flower Treats Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is an ailment that affects the nervous system. It causes the human nervous system to degenerate and worsens with time. Daffodils produce a chemical substance known as Galantamine. The substance is used to manufacture medicine used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. In some plantations in Wales, daffodils are grown to extract Galantamine.
According to ongoing research at RNA Molecular Biology Lab, scientists believe that a component extracted from the flower, could have anti-cancer properties.
In conclusion, the beauty of Daffodil lies within its purposes and symbolic meaning. The flower can be a symbol of hope and at the same time medicine.