|Daffodil, Jonquil (Narcissus hybrid)|
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Narcissus is the broad botanical term for the flowers most consumers would call daffodils, narcissuses and paperwhites. The term daffodil is generally used to refer to single, trumpet-shaped flowers, while paperwhites refers to the tiny white flowers that grow in clusters. The term narcissus typically refers to the remaining varieties. These cheery spring bulb flowers come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes, including white, cream, yellow, orange and bicolor. They're members of the Amaryllidaceae family, and are named for Narcissus, a youth in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection and was transformed by the gods into a flower. Narcissuses are native to Europe, North America and western Asia.
Care and Handling
Cut 1/4 inch off stems and place in 70-75 F water with bulb flower preservative. Place daffodils in a separate holing container from other flowers, as they secrete a sap which shortens the vase life of other cut flowers, especially tulips. The sap will stop flowing about 6 hours after the stems are cut. Daffodils can then be safely combined with other flowers and used in mixed arrangements.
Daffodils are attractive in bouquets by themselves or mixed spring arrangements. When placing in floral foam, wrap a thin-gauge wire continuously around the stem at the base. This gives soft-stemmed blossoms support for insertion into the foam.
Colors: Shades of yellow, white, and bi-color with yellow or white petals and orange, apricot, or pink coronas.