A bouquet of beautiful flowers can brighten anyone's day and is a thoughtful way to lift a person's mood. A great choice to feature in your next arrangement is the daffodil flower. Whether you get a bouquet of just these blooms or mix them with other floral elements, they'll bring energy and beauty to whatever room they're in.
About the Daffodil Flower
The daffodil comes from a perennial bulb that flowers year after year. They are often some of the first plants to flower as winter changes to spring. When you're looking for daffodils, you may also come across the word "narcissus." This is another name for the flower and refers to its Latin name.
These flowers have an inner cup or trumpet surrounded by more petals. They can have a scent, although the strength of the fragrance will vary depending on the exact species and type of the flower.
History of the Daffodil Flower
Daffodils have a long history around the world, with the flowers being highly valued in many places. Roman soldiers believed the daffodil had healing properties and carried them and their bulbs as armies made their way across Europe. The flower easily took root in many places and began to spread around the continent.
They quickly became a favorite in European gardens thanks to their bold blooms and how easy they were to grow. As Europeans made more expeditions to North America, they brought the bulbs with them, and the daffodil found a new foothold in a new land. Gardeners continued to cultivate daffodils, but the plant also spread naturally across America in the wild.
Eventually, botanists began creating daffodil hybrids, increasing the variety of colors and petal arrangements among the flowers.
Meaning of the Daffodil
What does it mean to give daffodils to someone in a bouquet? Their intent can vary. Because the daffodil flower is often one of the first to pop up during the start of spring, it has become associated with this season of rebirth. A bunch of daffodils can symbolize renewal, inspiration, creativity and vitality. These meanings make this a good flower to give to someone who's about to start a new chapter in their life.
Daffodils also represent self-awareness. Their Latin name "narcissus" comes from the ancient Greek tale of Narcissus, a young man who fell in love with his own reflection. In the story, he became so obsessed that he sat still and withered away, and a daffodil appeared in his place. Now, the flowers are a reminder of a more friendly brand of self-reflection.
There is also an interesting meaning associated with giving a single daffodil. This gesture is a sign of misfortune on the way, so it's a good idea to go for a bunch when dealing with daffodils.
Using the Daffodil Flower in a Bouquet
Daffodils have a wonderful and bright look when added to bouquets and arrangements. However, you have to take a bit of precaution when using them. That's because they have the potential to shorten the lives of other flowers and plants they are paired with.
The problem is the mucilage, or sap, that comes out of the stems of cut daffodil flowers. Some of the substances in that mucilage are very harmful to other flowers. Roses, iris, and tulips are especially affected. If placed all together in the same vase without prior preparations, the daffodil will hasten the decline of the other blooms.
To mitigate the problem, the experts at Beverly Hills Florist know to put cut daffodils in their own vases for a few hours. This will allow some of the mucilage to seep out. After that, the daffodils can be placed with other flowers.
It's also important to remember that most parts of the daffodil flower are poisonous. Despite the Romans' belief that the plant had healing properties, it actually contains quite a few toxic substances. This doesn't matter in most cases. However, be careful where you place the flowers if there will be children or pets around. You don't want anyone inadvertently eating any part of a daffodil.
Daffodil Flower Color Options
Thanks to innovative botanists over the centuries, daffodils come in a variety of colors, making it easy to make them work for different themes or settings. There are as many as 200 species of daffodils with thousands more hybrids and subspecies.
The classic yellow daffodil probably comes to mind when you think about the spring flower. They have a rich yellow tone, both on the trumpet and on the petals.
It's easy to find white daffodils. You can find some that are pure white all over, and others that have white petals with a yellow center.
You also have the option of a pink daffodil flower or at least a partially pink one. These flowers usually have white outer petals with a pink-hued trumpet. Sometimes the trumpet will also have a hint of yellow or orange in it, giving the flower a peach or salmon color.
Some daffodils also come in combinations of yellow and orange. They are bold and bright and are a good choice if you want a lot of color in your arrangement.
Different Types of Daffodil Blooms
The different options for your daffodil blooms don't stop at color. There are also various shapes of blooms available. While all daffodils will feature an outer ring of petals surrounding a raised cup or trumpet, there is some variation.
Some varieties have shorter and wider center cups than others. You can also find daffodils with double layers of outer petals. Mix some of the different options together to create a daffodil bouquet that has a lot of interest and appeal.
Shopping for flowers will present you with a lot of different choices, but don't overlook the daffodil. There is a reason this beautiful bloom has maintained popularity for centuries. It's a flower that grows in many places and is sustainable and symbolizes the renewal of spring. Contact Beverly Hills Florist to create your perfect daffodil flower bouquet.