Now that it’s spring it seems Mother Nature’s beauty is in full bloom with splashes of pinks, hints of yellow, and green splattered throughout the world but it’s the Daffodil that is honored to represent March birthdays and today we’re shedding a little light on this buttery-hued bloom.
The botanical name of March’s birth flower actually comes from the Latin word “Narcissus” which referred to the numbing sensation extracted from the alkaloid in the plant. It’s also common to hear it called the jonquil - which refers to one specific type of daffodil.
With its joyous honey-hued blooms, it’s no surprise that this cheerful botanical is associated with the coming of spring - as they’re one of the first flowers to bloom after the winter’s frost.
Despite its joyous coloring, the daffodil is often associated with death due to the Greek myth of the self-loving Narcisscus who fell in love with his reflection at the banks of the river and drowned after his own vanity. That being said, it’s no surprised that the daffodil also symbolized an unequaled love that can not be rivaled.
The first use for Daffodils dates back to 200 or 300 BC when they were cultivated for ornamental value by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They would eventually be dried to used as disinfectants and eventually applied to help in the healing of warts, scars, and scabs.
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