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Traditional daffodils
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Lilliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Narcissus


Daffodils are a group of large flowered members of the genus Narcissus. Most daffodils are yellow, but there are also yellow-and-white, yellow-and-orange, white-and-orange, pink, and lime green cultivars. Daffodils are perennial flowers, grown from bulbs. They are among the first flowers to bloom in Spring in temperate climates, and are often planted in large clusters, covering lawns and even entire hillsides in yellow.

All daffodils have a central trumpet surrounded by a ring of petals. The traditional daffodil is entirely golden yellow, but the trumpet is often a contrasting colour. Some daffodils have been bred with a double or triple row of petals, making them resemble a small golden ball. Other cultivars have frilled petals, or an elongated or compressed central trumpet.

Pale daffodils
A multicolor daffodil variety
An all-white daffodil
Double and triple varieties have more petals

All daffodils are narcissi, but not all narcissi are daffodils. Daffodils are also called "jonquils", from the Spanish name for the flower, although properly this name belongs only to one specific type of narcissus.

The daffodil is the national flower of Wales. One species, Narcissus obvallaris, is found only in a small area around Tenby.

In the language of flowers, daffodils signify chivalry and/or respect.

species = maritimum

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