Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Thirteen Facts You Might Not Know About Daffodils
Did you know that many people believe daffodils symbolize hope? I’m with them. Golden petals inspire me.
Even though it’s April and the weather forecasters predict snow tomorrow, I’m excited because a few of my early daffodils are blooming. Daffodils are hardy. They’re one of the flowers that can withstand and even bloom in snow. To me, that’s hope, which is probably why I’m a daffodil fan.
I’m betting you might be, too. Here are thirteen other facts about them that you might not know.
1. Daffodils are part of the Amaryllis family. Sometimes they’re also called narcissus, jonquils and Lenten lilies.
2. But they’re mostly called Lenten lilies in Wales, where they are the national flower. In Wales, they say if you spot the first daffodil of the season, you’ll likely have a year that’s full of wealth. I wish the pictures of my daffodils have that effect for you.
3. Another rumor about daffodils is that they’ll bring good fortune if you receive a bunch of them.
4. But apparently if you’re given just one, it will bring you misfortune instead.
5. If you’re thinking about giving a bunch of daffodils, you should know that daffodils have a toxic chemical in their leaves and stems that can cause damage to other cut flowers you put them with.
6. This toxin, called lycorine, might be why deer and rabbits leave daffodils alone.
7. In addition, this toxin can irate a person’s skin. If this happens to you, you have a condition called daffodil itch. This hasn’t happened to me yet, even though I pick a lot of my daffodils. Hopefully, it won’t.
8. According to my sources, there are over 13, 000 different types of daffodils and they range in height from 6 to 20 inches in height.
9. Daffodils have leafless stems and each stem can have from one to twenty blooms.
10. Although most people grow daffodils from bulbs, the yellow flowers can also be propagated from seeds.
11. I’ve never tried growing daffodils from seed because I’ve found that if you leave the leaves after the daffodils have bloomed, the bulbs develop bulblets or little bulbs.
12. I also use bulb fertilizer because I really want more daffodils.
13. Several of my sources said that in Victorian times daffodils were a symbol of chivalry and that today gifts of daffodils are believed to ensure happiness.
That’s my wish for you. Please accept this virtual bouquet and we can share the happiness together.