Narcissus Flowers

Narcissus Flowers

The derivation of the Latin narcissus is unknown. It may be a loanword from another language. It is frequently linked to the Greek myth of Narcissus, who became so obsessed with his own reflection that as he knelt and gazed into a pool of water, he fell into the water and drowned. In some variations, he died of starvation and thirst. In both versions, the narcissus plant sprang from where he died. However, there is no evidence for this popular derivation, and the person’s name may have come from the flower’s name. Pliny wrote that the plant was named for its narcotic properties. Again, this explanation lacks any real proof and is largely discredited.

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