Daffodil Flower – A Plant of the Amaryllidaceae Family
These bright yellow blooms are wonderful sign of spring. These flowers are hardy and easy perennial that mostly grows in the regions of North America. Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus and they are cluster flowers that include yellow Jonquils and white Narcissi. These flowers are native to Mediterranean region and they come in different colors like yellow and white, yellow and orange, white and orange, pink, lime green etc. These flowers have corona in the center that will look like a trumpet and it has ring of petals all around. This natural flower is golden yellow colored all over while its trumpet may appear in a contrasting color. These flowers come in different sizes.
This flower signifies new beginnings and rebirth and they can easily brighten up any garden. It is believed that it is named after the son of river god from Greek mythology. When you gift daffodil bouquet to someone it is believed to ensure happiness but one has also said a single daffodil means bad luck. Daffodils when blooms during New Year can bring luck to the whole household.
Uses of Daffodil Flower
- People take daffodil for whooping cough, colds, asthma, vomiting etc.
- It can also be applies to the skin as a plaster for wounds, burns, strains and joint pain.
- Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans and they are also believed to have healing powers.
- Daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
- They are official flower of 10th wedding anniversary.
- Daffodils have poisonous crystals thus squirrels don’t eat them so you must keep your pets away from them.
- You will require well drained, sunny place which has slightly acidic soil.
- They can be planted both in partial or full shade.
How to plant
- You can plant your daffodils so that their top is at least two times as deep.
- You can plant bulbs deeper in the sandy soil than in clayey soil.
- These flowers need lot of water while these flowers are grown.
- Once the flowers bloom, never cut the foliage until it begins to turn yellow.
- Then it is time to dig them so wash the bulbs thoroughly and let them dry completely.
- You can also put them in onion sacks and hang the bulbs in the coolest place until they are reasy to be planted.
Maintenance and Care
- Daffodils do well with one inch of water every week during the time when they are actively growing and blooming.
- Mulch is tremendously helpful for daffodils to conserve moisture.
- Daffodil is not perennial and so you will have to divide the clumps of the bulbs in every summer every 5 to 10 years.
- One of the best thing you can do for daffodil bulbs is to provide them rich, well drained soil with lots of organic matter.
- Organic fertilizers are very gentle and non burning thus most organic bulb fertilizers can be placed right into planting hole.