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Flower Glossary: Narcissus Romance

by Grace Bonney

Design*Sponge Flower Glossary: Narcissus
Whenever I used to think about how cheerful and delicate a Daffodil looks, I had a hard time reconciling how something so sweet could be connected to a Greek myth about a man so in love with himself that he drowned in his own reflection. Thankfully, while researching this post, I discovered that our sweet, sunny-faced Daffodil – the commonly used name for Narcissus – actually has no proven connection to the tragic (and tragically self-centered) Greek myth.

Narcissus, also known as Daffodils, Jonquils and Lent Lillies, are one of the most abundant species of plants, with over 13,000 hybrids in the official listings. From pale yellows to vibrant oranges (like the example above, Narcissus Romance), Narcissus are so associated with the happy arrival of spring that they’re often associated with and representative of “rebirth.” They’re also the official flower of 10th wedding anniversaries, so if you have one coming up this season, a bouquet of these happy little faces is just the ticket. xo, grace

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