Daffodils are attractive trumpet-shaped perennial flowers that bloom from bulbs during the spring. They are considered to be one of the most popular, colorful and vigorous flowers of spring. In fact, the Daffodil flowers are the first sign of spring. In the language of flowers they symbolize spring, rebirth, new beginnings, and friendship. The Daffodil flower is used as the March birth month flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower.
Daffodil flowers belong to the Amaryllidaceae family and the genus Narcissus. Daffodil is a common name for a narcissus. There are 50 species in its family, and around 13000 hybrid varieties.
Daffodil flowers are native to the Mediterranean region in Europe but have been cultivated all over the world. Naturally they grow in woods, grassland and on rocky ground from Spain and Portugal east to Germany and north to England and Wales. In Europe these beautiful springtime flowers are grown commercially in the Channel Islands, Great Britain, Isles of Scilly and Holland.
Daffodil has one flower per stem. The Daffodil flower has a central trumpet-shaped corona (also referred to as a “trumpet”) surrounded by a ring of petals (often called the perianth). The basic color is yellow but Daffodil flowers also may range from white to cream to pink, apricot, orange and unusual lime green. Some have bi-color pattern. Breeders have developed different variations of Daffodil flowers, including Daffodils with multiple layers of petals or frilled petals and Daffodils with elongated or compressed coronas. Many Daffodil flowers are fragrant.
Daffodils are easy to grow. They are very hardy. Daffodil flowers can be grown in USDA zones 3 through 8. They need good sunlight and well-drained soil. A big advantage to Daffodils is that they are poisonous and being unappetizing to deer, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.
The Daffodil flower is a very beautiful flower and often used in bouquets or flower arrangements. Daffodil flowers also make a wonderful addition to any garden. These vigorous, long-lived flowers often bloom in clusters and add lots of color to any garden in the spring. Daffodil flowers are excellent for the shrub border, perennial beds and among ground covers.
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