Also known as the Jonquil, Narcissus, Paperwhite and the “Poet’s Hower”, the Daffodil is the flower of March. Commonly seen as a weed in the 1600’s and reintroduced as flower in the late 1629, the Daffodil stem sap is believed to hold heeling powers.
- The bulbs and leaves of the Daffodil contains poisonous crystals which only certain insects can eat with impunity, so don’t plant where dogs like to dig.
- Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. When arranging in a vase don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24 hours. Do not recut the stems as it will re-release the toxin.
- The Daffodil Data Bank accounts for over 13,000 hybrids, and apart from the regular yellow kind, there are others which come in a range of color combinations, like yellow and orange, yellow and white, orange and white, lime-green and pink colors.
- Always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.