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Flower of the Month: Daffodil

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March is the month of daffodils! Would they fit your landscape well?

March is a month that might bring several images to mind. In Maryland, it might resurrect memories of cherry blossoms, flying kites, and daffodils. Daffodils are the quintessential March flower; in fact, it is the March birth flower. These bright, bold flowers have a rich history and can easily beautify your Maryland garden. Here’s more about this flower of the month, the daffodil.

March Birth Flower: Daffodil

The daffodil is technically a type of Narcissus, which is one of the December birth flowers. The daffodil traditionally has six triangular petals with a trumpet-shaped crown frilled at the edges. Its colors are usually a combination of yellow, orange, or white. Each stem has one flower. Although it is likened to the asphodel, these plants are not closely related; in the American Southeast, you might hear a daffodil called a jonquil, which comes from the Latin term for a rush plant. 

The Daffodil in Myth and History

Because a daffodil’s taxonomical name is the Narcissus, it is most closely linked to the myth of Echo and Narcissus from ancient Greece. In the story, Narcissus spurned the love of the nymph Echo. Upset, Echo solicited Cupid to cause Narcissus to fall in love with his own reflection, so that he pined away to death from unrequited love. In one version of the tale, Narcissus turned into the Narcissus plant after his death.

The Daffodil in Literature

The daffodil features profusely across classic literature, seen in works by William Shakespeare, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Robert Herrick, and others. One of the most famous poems regarding the daffodil is “Daffodils,” by Wordsworth.

I wander’d lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd–

A host of golden daffodils.

Beside the lake, beneath the trees

Flutt’ring and dancing in the breeze.

Growing the Daffodil in Maryland Is Easy!

Daffodils can grow strong and healthy every spring throughout the United States and do very well in Maryland gardens. They are one of the first types of flowers to bloom in spring; they might even be in bloom around you right now! Planted in fall before the first frost, these perennials grow and die in spring. Deadhead the flowers, but allow the leaves to remain until they also wither. 

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