Each month of the year has its unique qualities. The weather is different, the sun rises and sets at different times, various holidays are celebrated, gemstones represent it, zodiac signs control it, and flowers symbolize those born each month.
The March birth flower is the lovely daffodil. In gardens and woodland areas all across the country, daffodils make their appearance in March. Once a daffodil bulb is planted in an agreeable environment, it will naturalize and multiply. That’s how fields of these bright yellow (or white) blooms appear in areas where no one lives.
- Native to northern Europe, daffodils can grow almost everywhere except in tropical climates. Daffodils love the cooler temperature of spring and are among the first flowers to bloom in spring.
- There are 1,000s of daffodil cultivars. It’s a perennial flower that is hardy, easy to grow and returns year after year. Daffodils are planted in the fall because the bulbs must go through a period of cold temperature to develop roots.
- Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The most popular, and the one that represents March, is the traditional yellow blooming daffodil.
- Daffodils are traditionally given on the 10th wedding anniversary. They are the national flower of Wales and are worn to celebrate St. David’s Day each year on March 1.
- The March birth flower means rebirth and new beginnings
- The blooms mean inspiration, forgiveness, and creativity.
- White daffodils mean a desire to be transformed and move away from vanity and selfishness.
- The white blooms also mean purity, innocence, and a fresh start.
- Orange daffodils mean vitality, enthusiasm, and joy.
- Yellow blooms mean the recipient has many positive qualities and makes a good floral gift when you are trying to cheer someone up.
- Pink daffodils mean platonic love.
- In France, the daffodils mean a sign of hope.
- Giving a single daffodil bloom means misfortune. Giving a bouquet means you wish the recipient good fortune.
- All colors of daffodil blooms mean positive memories and a desire to never forget special people in your life and wonderful life experiences.
The name ‘daffodil’ doesn’t refer to a single flower species but many flowers in the Narcissus genus. Jonquils, Paperwhites, and many other flowers fall into the Narcissus family.
- A common legend says that the daffodils (the Narcissus family of flowers) are named after a Greek mythological river god named Narcissus, who was the son of Cephissus. According to legend, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in the water, and when he realized he could never have the object of his affection (himself), he committed suicide. Daffodils bloomed where he died.
- A Wales legend says that people who see the first daffodil of the season will be blessed with wealth in the coming year.
- A Chinese legend says that if a daffodil blooms on the first day of a new year, it means bring wealth and good fortune for the rest of the year.
- In Medieval times, legend has it that if a daffodil drooped as you looked at it, it was an omen of death.
- In Middle Eastern culture, legend tells that the daffodil is an aphrodisiac. The culture also uses the flower as a cure for baldness.
- The ancient Romans believed that daffodils had healing powers, and the bulbs and roots of the plants were applied to tumors, joints, wounds, burns, and bruises.
- In modern-day medicine, a compound found in daffodils called galantamine is used in the medications used to treat Alzheimer’s.