More about Narcissus

The birth flower for December is the Narcissus. There are around 100 species of Narcissus flowers, including the wild hybrids. This pretty December birth flower is believed to have originated in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Origin of Name:
It is believed by some that the name 'Narcissus' is assigned to the flower because of its narcotic properties. In Greek, the word 'narkao' means 'to grow numb'. According to Greek mythology, it is believed that when Narcissus the hunter died, Apollo turned him into a flower 'Narcissus'. Narcissus the hunter became famous for falling in love with his own reflection - hence the word narcissistic. In any case, the name has Greek roots. The most common name for the December flower is 'Daffodil'.

Symbolic Meaning:
The Narcissus symbolizes success, sweetness and good wishes. The flower also signifies self-esteem, celebration and wealth. Back in the Victorian era, the flower would symbolize a message of 'faithful love'.

Personality Traits:
The people with Narcissus as their December birth flower are believed to have strong willpower and can fight their way out of difficult situations. They are self-confident and quite family-oriented. December-born people are generally quite systematic and logical in their approach in life.

Significance During Events & Holidays:
Narcissus is an ancient flower and is often worn on many significant occasions. Narcissus flowers are presented to celebrate a new baby's birth. The flower is also used to celebrate major occasions like Christmas and New Years Eve.

Interesting facts:
- The flower carries an alkaloid poison called 'lycorine'.
- Narcissus is also called as Daffodil.

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