Now is the ideal time to get planting these classic springtime favourites. But there’s more to the daffodil than first meets the eye…
- Daffodils are one of the most highly-bred groups of flowers, with more than 6,000 varieties known in the UK today.
- Yellow is not the only colour! Daffodils come in many colours from pure white to yellow, orange, cream, green and even pink!
- An extract from daffodils is used to help treat Alzheimer’s.
- The Latin name for daffodils, Narcissus, comes from the Greek word for numbness, on account of their narcotic properties – NB do not eat daffodils, ever!
- Some are really fragrant – especially paperwhites – other fragrant types include the jonquils and tazettas
- A bit like football teams, daffodils are grouped into ‘divisions’ – there are 13 divisions, based mainly on flower type.
- Daffodil sap is harmful to other flowers, so if you use them as cut flowers, keep them in a separate vase for 12 hours before adding them to mixed arrangements
Daffodils featured on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake (as a decoration, NOT an ingredient, see no.4!) – representing both the Principality of Wales and new beginnings.
- In another royal link, Prince Charles receives a single daffodil every year as ‘rent’ for land in the Isles of Scilly
- Daffodils aren’t just Welsh! There are about 50 different species, and they are native to a huge part of the northern hemisphere, from Japan to Morocco, China and Europe.
See Bakker Spalding’s full range of beautiful daffodils and plant some of these fascinating bulbs in your pots or garden borders.