DAFFODIL, a member of the Amaryllidaceae family, is a common flowering plant. Narcissus is the name of the genus that includes daffodils, narcissuses, and jonquils. Narcissus and daffodil are both correct common names for all species. Jonquils are daffodils with small, fragrant yellow flowers, several growing on a stem. All daffodils grow from bulbs. Most species have long, narrow leaves, either rush like or flat. In early spring, yellow or white blossoms, with trumpets in the centers, appear. The color of the trumpet ranges from white, yellow, and orange to pink and brilliant red. Time of blossoming depends on the species, climate, soil, and depth of planting, but most species bloom in April or May.
The daffodil is native to Europe where in some regions it grows wild. It grows well in cultivated gardens, and can also be naturalized (grown like a wild flower) under trees. Several of the daffodils, especially the paper white narcissus, can be potted for indoor bloom.