Sunday, March 11, 2012

Flower of the Month Of March - Daffodils

Daffodils come out early in March, that's probably why these were designated as the flower of the month of March.  The botanical name for daffodils is Narcissus and the common name is Daffodil, Jonquil or Paper-white.  All Daffodil blooms have petals emanating from the base of a trumpet-shaped cup (corona).  The single flower variety have six petals; the double flower variety have 12 or more. The blooms are at the top of the stems and when open, face perpendicular to the stems. larger varieties sport a simgle bloom per stem, and the smaller variety sport clusters of blooms per stem. The stems of the Daffodils are hollow and leafless. They come in several colors, the most abundant of which is yellow; other colors are orange, peach, pink, white, and cream.
Before florists arrange these flowers into a beautiful bouquet, the stems are cut about half an inch off the bottom and kept in separate container for at least 6 hours. Daffodils exude a slimy substance that is harmful to other flowers. After 6 hours, the harmful sap will have leached and the flowers can then be arranged or placed with other flowers.  Like most bulb flowers, daffodils have short vase lives.

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