Narcissus, Daffodils and Jonquils Tote Bag
What is the difference between daffodils and narcissus? Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils. Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus, and its use is recommended by The American Daffodil Society.
What is a jonquil? In some parts of the country any yellow daffodil is called a jonquil, usually incorrectly. As a rule, but not always, jonquil species and hybrids are chraacterised by several yellow flowers, strong scent, and rounded foliage.
The garden Daffodil's ancestors come from the states around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Spain and Portugal and the Middle East, such as Turkey. The earliest record mentioned about Daffodils was around two or three hundred years B.C.
Grown extensively by the ancient Greeks and the Romans, Daffodils nevertheless became a forgotten flower until about 1600 and even in 1860, there were fewer than 350 cultivated hybrids.
Around 1629, a group of Englishmen took the Daffodil out of the weeds and put it into the garden. Daffodils were in favour again.
During the days of the American experience and the expansion west, Daffodils were well established as a "must have" in the garden.
Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can irritate the skin.