Daffodil Meaning

Uncover Hidden Flowers meanings

Oh wow... nothing is better at spring that seeing wonderful daffodils? Especially in the garden. Easter time is around the corner!

What do the mean apart from spring is on its way? Daffodils mean a lot of things. Have you ever thought about what the actual spiritual side of this flower? I guess you want to know more? The most amazing thing is that the bright yellow Daffodil can have either a negative or positive meaning depending on the color.  Many people, just like you, associate the various meanings to the color of the daffodil which is mainly yellow.  But, interesting fact coming here: did you know that daffodils can be all sorts of wonderful colors - yellow or even white! They can be vibrant and bold, but they can also be pale and dull.

So, what do they mean?

This attractive spring flower is somewhat a mystery to understand. The true, real name is known as narcissus, and at times often known as jonquils. This flower basically means the winter has ended. It is an omen of that new spring and summary just round the corner. Now, there is something very special about the daffodil they denote material gain. There is an old superstition in England that predicts wealth will be yours if you can see the first daffodil of spring you will relentlessly gain wealth and freedom!  If we go back to basics in Victorian times the flower name comes from social encounters. You may start to see the daffodil in meadows during the oncoming of summer, and therefore the spiritual meaning is centred around not only hope but contentment and joy. This flower brings with it many opportunities in life.

Daffodils in brighter shades of yellow depict respect, regard or cheerful togetherness.  It can also mean good luck, love and fertility. On the other hand, paler shades mean unrequited love or even death.

Wait.. here is it a breakdown of the amazing daffodil

  • Name:  Daffodil
  • Color:  The most common color of daffodils is yellow – in every shade of yellow that you can think of. But daffodils also come in different colors like pink and lime green.  It can also be found in a color combination like yellow and white or yellow and orange.
  • Shape:  Daffodils have two distinct shapes when it comes in full bloom.  One, it has a trumpet or cup shaped corona and at the base of this, it has pointed petals that look like a star.
  • Fact:  Hey, did you know that the daffodil we know of today is a combination of three separate flowers? The narcissus, the jonquil and the daffodil were interbred to make this hybrid.
  • Poisonous:  In terms of toxicity, the daffodil is a poisonous plant.  Its flowers, leaves and everything about it has toxins. In fact, some people experience skin irritations when they come in contact with the flower. This form of skin irritation is often called the daffodil itch- and characterized by cracking and dryness.
  • Number of Petals:  Daffodils have three petals that form the inner segment of the blossom.  Many people say that the daffodil has six petals - but that’s counting the three sepals on the outer part of the flower.
  • Victorian Interpretation:  Daffodils have many different meanings in the Victorian age.  They can mean unrequited love which is mainly associated with their color, yellow.  On the more positive side, it means ‘the sun is always shining when I’m with you”.  They also speak of respect or regard. It’s also a flower that people give to their lovers to say – “you’re the only one”.
  • Blossom Time:  The daffodil is a plant that blooms its cheery colored flowers in spring.
  • Superstitions:  Oh, you will never guess all the lovely superstitions around this great flower. As superstition would have it, daffodils are the pale yellow flowers that grow in Hades or the underworld.  They’re associated with death and ancient Greeks used to think that this is what the dead ate.
  • For poultry keepers, the symbolism of the daffodil isn’t good either.  It’s deemed as an unlucky flower.  If someone who owns chickens has daffodils in his home, it’s going to keep their poultry from laying eggs.  And for any eggs that are already laid, they’re not going to hatch.
  • In the US, particularly in Maine, pointing at a daffodil with your index finger will keep it from blooming.
  • On the lighter side of daffodil superstition, the Chinese believe that this is a flower of good luck.  But in order to get the best of this blossom for Feng Shui, the plant must be forced to bloom.
  • The Shape:  Think about a cup with a saucer under it.  That’s what daffodils can look like - the inner petals form the shape of a cup or even a trumpet shape.  Under it, the three sepals form a saucer or if the sepals are distant from each other, it looks like a star.
  • Petals:  Many confuse the sepals and the petals of daffodils to be one and the same.  Daffodils only have three petals.
  • Numerology:  Daffodil is number 3 which means arts, joyous living and expression.
  • Color:  Daffodils can come in various shades of yellow.  But they can be pink, white or orange too.

Herbalism and Medicine:  

Daffodils have been used in the olden times as medicine.  In Japan, daffodils were used to treat wounds.  In Rome, daffodils are medicinal herbs that work as detoxifiers.  Based on science today, ethanol is extracted from daffodil bulbs that help with abdominal constriction.  It’s also used to produce the drug for combating Alzheimer’s disease.

By Florance Saul
Aug 20, 2012