Daffodils (Narcissus)
Origins - Europe.
Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 3 - 9.
January, February, March, April, May, depending on their location.
Height - 2 ft (60 cm).
Very easy to grow! They like
sunny location, rich soils. Keep them moist between
planting time in the fall and late Spring (their growth season). For best results, plant bulbs in September, when the soil cools down a little. Daffodil bulbs like mulch! After a few years, each bulb will turn into a clump. It is a good practice to dig these clumps out,
divide them into bulbs and re-plant to the soil, again.
Their beauty and deep
fragrance inspired artists and gardeners alike. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the name of a beautiful youth, whose self-admiration led him to a tragic end. The flower, named after Narcissus, was found growing around the
place of the youth's death.
These days, word Narcissus commonly refers to a flower.
Word narcissistic, with the same background, refers to one's self-absorption, a personality disorder.
Daffodil bulbs are toxic, and can cause severe skin irritation, and poisoning. Find out more about Daffodils, in References, below.
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References - Find more about Daffodils from americanmeadows, NC State University, Wikipedia, American Daffodil Society, Hardiness Zones
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