The March Birth Flower is the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus)
The History and traditions surrounding the Daffodil is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Daffodil could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts.
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Daffodil . A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the Daffodil or Narcissus is friendship and domestic happiness.
The hidden message of the the Daffodil, so favored during the Victorian era was “You are an angel”.
Colors of the Daffodil
Month of March, the Daffodil , to celebrate St David’s Day on March 1, St Patrick’s Day on March 17 and Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day ( the 4th Sunday of Lent)
Definition of the Jonquil: A widely cultivated ornamental plant which is native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown
The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor in the case of the Jonquil is Narcissus jonquilla
Daffodil is the common English name for all narcissus
The name “Jonquil” is derived from the Spanish word ‘jonquillo’ meaning a rush which refers to the rush-like leaves of the plant
The Jonquil blooms from February to May