Flower Of the Month March – Daffodil
There are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The March Birth Flower is the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus).
The History and traditions surrounding the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Aquamarine, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the March Birth Flower.
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus) is friendship and domestic happiness.
The colors of the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), include the following:
Definition of the Jonquil: A widely cultivated ornamental plant which is native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown
The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor in the case of the Jonquil is Narcissus jonquilla