Daffodil Flower Meaning and Symbol

June 27, 2012 | Flower Meanings And Symbolism

Daffodil Flower Meaning and Symbolism


The overall looks of daffodil flower particularly its color, and colorful history is the basis for the Victorian language of flowers for this flower’s symbolism in this modern time. Daffodil flower meaning is being associated with chivalry, respect, politeness, and sunshine – all are representation of the flower’s overall appearance. Sending a bouquet of daffodils is the most creative way of saying “the sun shines when I’m with you”. However on the negative side, daffodil flower meaning is being associated with unrequited love, or a love that is not answered – maybe a representation of the association of daffodils to the dead during the ancient times. Usually daffodil flowers are available in yellow color, but there are also white daffodils available which are not as abundant as the yellow ones. Daffodils are also cultivated as single, double or multiple rows of petal, but these are not included by the Victorian language of flowers in associating daffodil flower meaning.


Botany and History of Daffodil Flower


Daffodil or Narcissus in the botanical field is a flowering plant genus of about 100 species in the Amaryllis family. Daffodil flowers are native in Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. They could be found to almost all continents making this flower abundant for most parts of the world. Daffodil flowers mostly blooms during spring, but there are also species of Narcissus that blooms during autumn.


The English name of this flower which is daffodil was derived from the Greek word asphodelus, and from the Latin word asphodelos, which means “asphodel flower”. There are also sources telling that the flower’s name was derived from the Latin word juncus, which means “rush”. The origins of daffodils were also described by the Greek mythology. According to the Greek mythology, there was a young man who became so obsessed with his reflection. One instance he saw his reflection on the pool of water, as he kneeled and looked down on the pool, he lost his balance, fell into the pool and drowned. Daffodils were also described by Greeks as a deathless kind of lily flower that overextends the plains of Hades simply because of its pale yellow color. Daffodils were also believed to be the favorite food of the dead. The color, overall looks and history of daffodil flower is the basis for the Victorian language of flowers in associating daffodil flower meaning and symbolism.

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