It is hard to decide which is more beautiful, the poem that praises the flower or the flower that hauls in spring, itself. The yellow daffodil is also named as Narcissus after the greek youth who rejected the love of the nymph Echo. Legend has it that, the gods decided to punish him for being so cold to the young lady. And so, when he stopped to quench his thirst at a spring, he fell in love with his own reflection and leaned in so far down towards his reflection that he disappeared below the surface! At the spot where narcissus knelt, a white flower bloomed at the edge of the water. This flower, the narcissus, symbolized vanity and death. Daffodil bulb skins were placed over the eyes, nose and mouth of the mummy of the pharaohs in the Egyptian culture. In Christian faith, however, the flower has been viewed as a symbol of Christ's resurrection and the promise of eternal life, since the middle ages. The Chinese regard this flower as a symbol of wealth and it also symbolizes the Chinese new year.
Daffodils belong to the Amaryllidaceae family and grow widely over Europe, Asia and North Africa. There are about 50 wild species and are mostly native to the western Mediterranean region. There are many thousands of cultivars and have been grouped into 12 divisions or classes. These are easy to grow, multiply freely and bloom year after year and therefore are found in many gardens. Daffodils are also popular as cut flowers. They can last from 4- days in vase. It is important to note that daffodils secret a sap that is harmful to other flowers, so when mixing it up with other flowers in an arrangement, one should not recut daffodils.