Thursday, April 28, 2011

Define the Daffodil

The Daffodil for so many is the flower that symbolizes spring. It can be confusing but Daffodil, Narcissus and Jonquil are all names often used to tag this flower. Here is the actual name category in detail. The official botanical name of the whole genus is Narcissus. Daffodil is the common name. Jonquil is a “species name” within the Narcissus genus. This means that certain daffodils are called Narcissus jonquilla. Some gardeners in the Southern US use Jonquil as a common name for the whole genus, but it's really the species name for a minor group having multiple smaller flowers on each stem. To be accurate when using the common name, all colors, sizes and types are Daffodils. If you get into the botanical or Latin names, they all begin with Narcissus (the “genus”) and end with a different “species” name. The Poet’s Daffodil, for example, is Narcissus poeticus. And as mentioned, a small, multi-flowered yellow daffodil type is botanically Narcissus jonquilla. One thing is for certain the daffodil is one of the best loved flowers in the world.

Daffodils can be easily cultivated from bulbs in most temperate climates. They are most known for their yellow color and can have centers in colors ranging from white to yellow to orange. Every year new hybrid types are unveiled for those who love variety.

A Daffodil is any of various bulbous plants of the genus Narcissus, especially N. pseudonarcissus, having showy, usually yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central corona.

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