Daffodil & Narcissus Guide


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Guide to Daffodils & Narcissus Bulbs

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More information & history on the Narcissus genus Interesting facts about Daffodils & Narcissus Spade & Bulbs pic Bulbs Watering Can pic Daffodil 1

Did you know...?

Prince Charles is given one daffodil annually as rent for land on the Isles of Scilly



Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans



There are 25,000 different varieties of daffodil



Known as daffodil, narcissus, jonquil and paperwhite



They contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers



You shouldn’t mix daffodils in a vase with other flowers

(due to this toxic sap)



The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and it's traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1)

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The humble Daffodil has written itself into history a number of times. Not least with the famous poem "I wandered lonely as a cloud.." by William Wordsworth (more info on the poem here).


Folklore says to '..always remember to present daffodils in a bunch..', as legend has it that this cheerful flower can '..foretell misfortune..' when given as a single bloom.


It is actually part of the Amaryllis family and the names; daffodil, narcissus, and jonquil are all used to describe the same genus.


Narcissus is often linked to the Greek myth of Narcissus, who became so obsessed with his own reflection that as he knelt and gazed into a pool of water, he fell into the water and drowned. The narcissus plant was said to spring (no pun intended) from where he died.


Over 140 varieties have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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