The Daffodil

I thought I better do some research on this flower and what it represents a I’ve become particularly drawn towards it while taking photos and drawing. Various common names for this flower including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter who was known for his beauty. Narcissus was lead to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He stared at his reflection until he died. And it is said that this flower grew in the place of his death. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance and/or public perception.

Narcissi are depicted in three different contexts through art, mythological, floral art, or landscapes- of which I hope to explore all. Like other members of their family, narcissi may be poisonous if accidentally ingested. This property has been exploited for medicinal use in traditional healing for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia.


Waterhouse, JW – Narcissus (1912)


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