The Language of Flowers
The March Birth Flower is the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus)
The meaning of the March Birth Flower is friendship and domestic happiness. The History and traditions surrounding the March Birth Flower is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers such as the Jonquil date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts.
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette. It was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The "Language of Flowers" evolved when a message was assigned to a specific flower such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus). A lover sent flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The Jonquil is a widely cultivated ornamental plant which is native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown.
The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor; in the case of the Jonquil is Narcissus jonquil. Daffodil is the common English name for all narcissus. The Jonquil blooms from February to May.