Today’s Flower Narcissus Paperwhite

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I found an interesting story about Narcissus. According to classical mythology a young lad Narcissus was so enamored with himself that he stared at his reflection until he eventually turned into his namesake flower. And this is how Narcissus flowers came into being! 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.

The Narcissus Paperwhites are easy to grow indoors. The bulbs begin to grow as soon as they are planted and will flower 3-4 weeks after planting. The stems are mid-green and grow upright. The white flowers appear at the top of each stem and are very fragrant.

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Special thanks to the host of Todays Flower : Luiz, Denise, Sandy and Laerte

More from Longwood Gardens

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Longwood Gardens is a wonderful place to go during the holiday season. Their Christmas display of flowers and lights is beautiful. On my post for Todays Flowers I am sharing Longwoods display of Poinsettias. There were the more common Red Poinsettias I am use to seeing but they also had these gorgeous pinks and the pretty white Poinsettias.

Some info on the Poinsettia from Wikipedia: The poinsettias are also known as Noche Buena and is a flowering plant indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The name Poinsettia is after “Joel Roberts Poinsett” who was the first United States prime minister to Mexico.

The colored bract- which are often red but can be various colors like white and pink are actually the leaves. They need 12 hours of darkness to change colors but then the plants need a lot of light during the day for the brightest color.

I enjoyed reading about the legend of how the Poinsettia became associated with Christmas. The legend is of a young girl who was to poor to leave a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. The little girl was inspired by an angel to gather some weeds growing along the roadside to place on the church’s alter. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became the beautiful poinsettias we associate with Christmas today. I think this is a lovely story.

Thanks for stopping by and to see more beautiful flowers make sure you visit my link for Today’s Flowers.

Special thanks to the host of Todays Flower : Luiz, Denise, Sandy and Laerte