Can you see daffodils? Then you know; spring is on its way. This cheerful flower announces the new season with its trumpets.
Colours and shape
Bright yellow is the best known daffodil colour but there are also beautiful combinations of white and salmon pink. And did you know the daffodil has different appearances? With or without leaves, with large and smaller trumpets, strongly perfumed and non-perfumed. One thing they have in common; they all celebrate the spring in an exuberant way.
The daffodil has a dramatic legend. The story tells about Narkissos, a beautiful young man from Greek mythology, where narcissus (daffodil) is derived from. Narkissos didn’t notice the nymph Echo who had a crush on him as he was totally focussed on the hunting. Echo didn’t accept this and made sure that Narkissos, when he wanted to drink from a stream, became so in love with himself that he couldn’t stop staring at his own mirror image in the water for days. In the end he became so exhausted that he fell into the water and drowned. On that spot a flower started to bloom which equalled the beauty of Narkissos: the narcissus. The flower was also a symbol of selfishness and vanity. Nowadays the flower symbolises a new beginning as the daffodil announces a new season.
These beautiful trumpet shaped flowers grow naturally in meadows, woods and on rocky grounds in Western Europe.