Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus and are one of the most popular bulb flowers in any garden. The word "Narcissus" is derived from the Greek word narke, meaning numbness or stupor. Some attribute the naming of the flower to its narcotic fragrance while others debate that it is associated with the poisonous nature of the Narcissus bulbs. Daffodils have been recorded in history as early as the second century B.C.
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Many homesteaders in the westward migration of the early United States felt that daffodils were an essential plant to have on the homestead. Many abandoned home sites can be recognized today by the clumps of daffodils growing in the fields.