Forest Findings: Daffodil

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by Colleen Dabrowski

With the start of Spring, plant life all across campus should start to bloom. The first sign of the seasons turning has been the early sprouting of daffodils. Daffodils are a hardy flower and one of the few species that can grow through snow. Narcissus is a genus of plants from the Amaryllidaceae family, commonly known as daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus or jonquil.  There are many species of wild daffodils, with the estimated number somewhere between 26 and 60 species, according to Softschools. Daffodils are native to Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia and the Mediterranean.

Depending on the species, daffodils can grow between six inches and 20 inches tall. Daffodils grow in a variety of colors, the most common being yellow, but can also appear yellow and white, yellow and orange, white and orange and pink and bright green, according to The Flower Expert.

Daffodils can be seen blooming a few places around campus. Blooms can be found along the main path and early shoots can be found along Wesley House.

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