As 2020 had kicked off, it was also time to choose our new Flower of the Month. This time we decided to go for a simplistic, sometimes scented, beauty with a rich past in Greek mythology. Read on to find out more about the Narcissus, our Flower of the Month January.
What is the difference between a Narcissus and a Daffodil?
Narcissus and Daffodils are actually considered the same flower, as all Daffodils are members of the genus Narcissus. Daffodil is simply the common name for any of the plants that fall into the Narcissus genus (and there are several dozen of them). Most Daffodils bloom in late winter and early spring.
The Daffodil is characterised by its 6 petals, leafless stems and trumpet-shaped outgrowth called a ‘corona’. Although Daffodils are available in colours ranging from pink to lime green and orange, they are mainly limited to white and yellow. Jonquils – also members of the Narcissus genus – have clusters of little flowers and are often scented.
Probably one of the most popular Narcissus varieties and one of the first varieties to actually blooms at this time of the year, is the ‘Paperwhite’. Some people choose this flower for their winter wedding.
In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a very handsome (but vain) young man: a hunter that many fell in love with. After rejecting the love of the nymph Echo, the gods were seeking vengeance. That’s why one day, they made him fell in love with his own reflection in the water of the river. Ultimately, he died from his sorrow and a flower sprang up where he died. Hence the flower was called Narcissus.
A ruthless killer
Although the Narcissus looks like a harmless beauty, she can actually be a ruthless killer. The sap from the Narcissus is toxic to many flowers including Roses, Carnations, Freesias and Tulips. Our best advice: keep the Narcissus away from other flowers by displaying them in mono-flower bunches. Recut and hydrate the flowers as soon as possible and place them in a preservative. If you are taking the risk of mixing Daffodils with other flowers, then place them in their own water for 24 hours before mixing them. In that case, don’t recut the stems as this will release more toxic sap.