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Narcissus

Narcissus is a genus of bulbous perennials in the Amaryllidaceae family. There are more than 100 species of this plant, which is native to Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Narcissi are usually white or yellow, with six petals (technically, “tepals” or “perianth segments”) and a trumpet-shaped central corona. They are some of the first to bloom in the early spring, announcing the end of winter. Narcissus is one of the most popular flowers in the world, mainly due to the well-known myth of the Greek youth who fell in love with himself.

Meaning: The genus name comes from the Latin word “narcissus”, which is derived from the Greek “narkissos” and associated with Greek “narke”, meaning “numbness”, because of the sedative effect of the plant.

Symbolism: Apart from its negative connotations due to the association with narcissism, Narcissus symbolizes rebirth and renewal. It represents a new beginning because it’s one of the earliest bulbs to appear in spring. According to Chinese sayings, if a bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.

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