As winter melts into spring, people often recognize those with March birthdays with the gift of a narcissus flower, the traditional birth flower of the month.

The narcissus has been alternately called daffodil or jonquil. By any name, it’s the ideal flower for early spring.

Characteristics

Narcissus variety

The narcissus is a flower of abundant diversity. In fact, experts identify anywhere from 16 to 160 different varieties of narcissus, depending on the classification system they use.

There are three main floral types in the narcissus family, which are;

  • daffodils,
  • paperwhites, and
  • triandrus.

This bulb flower is easy to distinguish from other flowers. The narcissus bloom has three main parts:

  • the floral tube,
  • the six tepals, and
  • the corona.

The flower can stand erect or hang down as well, which changes its overall look. Narcissus has a pleasant fragrance, reminiscent of the first days of spring.

Most narcissus are some combination of the colors white, yellow, and orange. However, there are certain garden varieties that are pink. Although most narcissus are variations on this limited color scheme, their bright hues are cheery and encouraging.

Origin

Narcissus symbol

The narcissus flower was known at least as far back as Ancient Greece. While many classical Greek writers mentioned the narcissus, the plant was not scientifically identified until Linnaeus described it in his Species Plantarum in 1753.

The flower grows naturally primarily in the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. In addition, it has been cultivated in gardens around the world. In ancient times, it was used for herbal medicines. Now, it is used for perfumes as well as other commercial products.

Word Meaning

Narcissus natural

Narcissus comes from the ancient Greek word of the same name. In that language, the word meant “narcotic.” The word was also used in a Greek myth about Narcissus, who was a young man that fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water.

As the story goes, Narcissus was so taken with his own image that he drowned in the pool. Then, in that place, a beautiful flower sprung up. According to the legend, that flower was the narcissus flower.

Symbolism

flower Narcissus

The most common symbolic meanings attributed to the narcissus flower are rebirth, renewal, and the coming of spring. For that reason alone, it’s the perfect flower for March birthdays. It can also mean good luck, happiness, prosperity, and wealth. So, giving a narcissus flower or plant is a wonderful way to send your best wishes to your loved one.

However, the narcissus flower can also be used as a symbol for egotism, because of its place in the Greek myth. It may also signify an omen of future misfortune. On the other hand, it can be a symbol of inspiration. It’s often used as symbol of Lent or the Chinese New Year.

Whether you choose a potted narcissus or an abundant bouquet, the symbolism of this lovely flower couldn’t be more appropriate for March birthdays. What’s more, its cheerful blooms will brighten your loved one’s day.

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