March Birth Flower
It’s that time again, where we dive into the significance, meaning, and medical properties of each month’s birth flowers! March is here and that means some serious flower madness is right around the corner! Read through this blog to get an in-depth look at March’s Birth Flowers!
Daffodil, Narcissus, or Jonquil?
Okay, so here’s the thing with daffodils, narcissus, jonquils, and buttercups. They are all basically the same thing and in the same class and calling them all daffodils is totally okay to do. This class has over 32,000 subspecies so let’s just go with one of those four names listed above. With that being said usually when people think of daffodils they are thinking about the large 7 petal flower with a huge darker trumpet that blooms in early spring. Phew….glad we got that out of the way, now on to the fun part.
The Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
- The Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) A.K.A the Wild Daffodil is the biggest flower in the Narcissus class. It usually has giant yellow flowers, long darker trumpets, and narrow leaves at the stem of the plant. This is a bulb flower, meaning that it can take five to seven years after germination to produce a flowering plant!
- While this beautiful flower does have some medicinal properties, it is unsafe to ingest any of the stem, leaf, bulb, or flower as it can cause chills, shivering, or even fainting. Applied topically as a paste the whole plant can be used as an astringent; however, the use of this plant topically is not suggested. The only suggested use of this flower would be to induce vomiting if it is absolutely necessary.
The Daffodil or Narcissus gets its name from the Greek mythological character who loved himself too much. Narcissus happened to see his reflection in a river one day, fell in love with himself and could not look away, and eventually died of thirst and starvation. Thanks to this story this is why the Narcissus often symbolizes Vanity. The daffodil is also one of the first flowers to come through after the last frost and symbolizes New Beginnings. Fun Fact; The American Cancer Society uses the daffodil to represent hope for a cure.
The March Birth Flower can also be associated with spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect, abundance, and joy.