Interestingly enough, Narcissus is the birth flower of December, although a little less surprising is that the holly is the alternate birth flower. Today we'll focus on Narcissus!
You might be reminded of narcissists when you hear "narcissus," probably because of the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo. Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection and pined away until he died. A really stand up guy and a happy mythology, don't you think?
But despite the Greek and Western associations of narcissus with vanity and self-involvement, in Eastern cultures, this bloom symbolizes wealth and good fortune, and even beautiful eyes! Narcissus is the most popular flower in Germany, and in Iranian culture it symbolizes the start of the new year. John Keats describes daffodils in one of his poems, saying "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
And speaking of daffodils, the terms daffodil and narcissus can be interchangeable. That's because narcissus refers to the genus of flowers, and daffodils are a particular species found under this umbrella. Jonquils are also part of the narcissus genus, but they do look a little different from the standard daffodil or narcissus!
Don't be scared away by the supposed negative associations of the narcissus! A narcissus would be a good choice if you're looking for non-traditional but still beautiful wedding flowers.
Naricussus (which is both the singular and plural form of the word) have 6 petals and a trumpet shaped middle called the cup or crown or corona. They frequently bloom in the spring but some varieties bloom in the fall and winter, which is why they are December's birth flower. Typically, they come in shades of yellow and white, but there are many beautiful varieties that have contrasting petals and cups!
Narcissus flowers are poisonous, so if you're looking to put narcissus on your wedding cake, this is the perfect time to use sugar flowers! They are just as beautiful as the real deal and much less dangerous!