Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Russellville, Te
Question by lilseals
April 5, 2010
What is the difference between a daffodil, narcissus & a jonquil?


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Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010

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There is no difference between daffodil and narcissus. The two words are synonyms. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils, just as ilex is for hollies. Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus, and its use is recommended by the American Daffodil Society at all times other than in scientific writing. In some parts of the country any yellow daffodil is called a jonquil, usually incorrectly. As a rule, but not always, jonquil species and hybrids are characterized by several yellow flowers, strong scent, and rounded foliage. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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