Britney Spears Born In The Month Of The Narcissus Flower
By Wesley Berry
Born in the month of December, pop starlet Britney Spears' birth flower is the Narcissus, a flower that is known by several different names, and has many meanings. The narcissus is most commonly known as the daffodil, but is often called the jonquil in the Southern states. It is a consummate symbol of spring and new beginnings, but also stands for friendship and domestic happiness. Its name, Narcissus, when further explained, may give this flower yet another connotation.
Narcissus comes from the Greek word "narkissos," derived from "narkao," which means to be stupefied. The decision to use the name narcissus may have been inspired by either of the following:
* The bulb of the flower is poisonous and has a narcotic effect.
* The myth of Echo and Narcissus, in which Narcissus is a handsome boy who will be immortal and beautiful as long as he never gazes upon his own reflection. Echo was a wood nymph who fell hopelessly in love with Narcissus, but he didn't return her feelings. Echo pined for him until all that was left of her was her voice. Seeing Echo's tragic end, the goddess Nemesis lured Narcissus to a clear lake where he looked in and saw his own reflection. He fell madly in love with himself and stayed there looking at himself until he simply faded away. In the place where he had knelt looking at his reflection sprang up the lovely yellow daffodil.
Having different names and meanings, it should come as no surprise that the narcissus is also available in many different colors and varieties. The most commonly grown variety is what we typically think of as the daffodil-a yellow flower with a long trumpet that usually blooms in March. However, the narcissus is also available colors like rich gold, white, pink, and an orangey red. They also come in a variety of sizes from large ruffled doubles to miniatures, like the hoop-petticoat daffodil.
Daffodils are suitable for many different gardening options as well. They are often planted around the bases of trees and make a wonderful early spring filler for flower beds when it's too early to plant annuals. They may also be grown in pots inside the house or on decks and patios. Their flowers can be cut to use in beautiful ornamental bouquets around the home.
So, clearly the narcissus is a versatile flower, suited to many situations. It may stand for new beginnings and happiness, but may also stand for the vanity of Narcissus. Which best suits Britney Spears? I'll leave that opinion up to you.
About The Author
Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, a successful multi-million dollar business that was established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school located in Michigan.
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