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The Daffodil and Its Famous Yellow Petals
The daffodil belongs to the genus of narcissus flowers, with various species within the group. The true daffodil is cultivated in the Grasse region, a Mediterranean town in France regarded as the world capital of perfumery. The yellow narcissus, often mistakenly referred to as a daffodil, is prevalent in the Vosges, Lorraine, the North, and Franche-Comté regions. The trumpet daffodil, on the other hand, is the result of hybridization. In the language of flowers, the daffodil symbolizes languor of love and desire, expressing anticipation. The daffodil also has other symbolic meanings. It is the quintessential flower for Grandmother's Day in France, celebrated in March, the symbol of Wales, and represents the Canadian Cancer Society in Canada.
Originating in Spain, the daffodil is a herbaceous plant with yellow flowers and leaves resembling rushes. The term 'daffodil' was first introduced in 1596; however, the species was only accurately described by Swedish naturalist Carl Von Linné in 1753. Today, daffodils are among the most popular plants in gardens, adding beauty to borders during spring.
The Floral Scent of Daffodil
The daffodil is as vibrant in its visual appeal as it is in its scent. Perfumers can extract the concrete or absolute from the daffodil to include in fragrances. This involves capturing the daffodil's scent by extracting its flowers with volatile solvents. However, due to its high cost, daffodil absolute is reserved exclusively for prestigious perfumery.
Notably, the daffodil features in the latest fragrance collection from Dolce & Gabbana, specifically in Dolce Rosa and Dolce Floral Drops. It also appears in L'Eau du Printemps by L'Artisan Parfumeur, Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford, Vol de Nuit by Guerlain, and Poême by Lancôme. The daffodil contributes to creating exceptionally feminine fragrances with unparalleled spring freshness.
Fun Facts About Daffodils
- The name 'hedione' is derived from the Greek word 'hedone,' meaning pleasure or delight, reflecting its captivating scent.
- Daffodils are deer-resistant, making them a popular choice for gardens in areas with deer populations.
- There are over 13,000 different daffodil cultivars, offering a diverse range of colors, shapes, and sizes.
- In ancient Rome, daffodils were believed to have healing properties and were used to treat various ailments.
- According to a Welsh legend, the person who finds the first daffodil of the year will be blessed with wealth and good fortune.