What Is the Meaning of the Narcissus Flower?

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What Is the Meaning of the Narcissus Flower?
The narcissus has several symbolic meanings. (narcissus image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

The narcissus flower is also known as a daffodil. The name is derived from Narkissos, a Greek word that means sleep and numbness. According to Greek mythology, a youth named Narcissus became so entranced with his own reflection that he bent over to gaze into a pool of water and fell in and drowned. The story goes that the first narcissus sprang from where the youth died.


The narcissus/daffodil represents new beginnings and rebirth according to Teleflora.com. This flower is the first to bloom in the spring. The botanic name for daffodil is narcissus although daffodils are sometimes referred to as a jonquil. In England, where the flower is associated with Lent, it is called the Lent Lily.


A narcissus is considered a sign that winter is finally over. It's also considered a symbol of future prosperity. The Chinese believe that a daffodil bulb, when forced to bloom during the New Year, will bring good fortune and luck to a home. In Wales, it is believed that if you see the first narcissus/daffodil of the season the next 12 months will be filled with prosperity and wealth.

March Birthday Flower

The narcissus is the 10th wedding anniversary flower as well as the March birthday flower. The narcissus is said to guarantee happiness. If you are giving narcissus to someone, do so in a bunch. That symbolises good fortune while a solitary flower predicts misfortune. An abundant bouquet of narcissus represents joy and happiness.


When given on a 10th wedding anniversary, the narcissus symbolises simple pleasure and renewal.


The narcissus is often a tattoo choice because it means self-esteem, according to Freetattoodesign.com.

Other Meanings

The narcissus represents chivalry and singular love and also means formality, egotism and "stay as sweet as you are."


The narcissus has showy white or yellow flowers that appear in clusters or alone. The bulbous plant has erect linear leaves.

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