Gee, this ABC book is getting harder. Hmmm what could J be for? How about Jonquil? Well, I’ve always heard that some people call a certain yellow flower a daffodil while others call it a Jonquil. Still others insist it is a narcissus. So what is the difference?
“In some parts of the country any yellow daffodil is called a jonquil, usually incorrectly. As a rule, but not always, jonquil species and hybrids are characterized by several yellow flowers, strong scent, and rounded foliage. The hybrids are confined to Division 7 and the term "jonquil" should be applied only to daffodils in Division 7 or species in Division 13 known to belong to the jonquil group.”
Source: American daffodil society
The name Narcissus comes from the Greek myth. It seems that Narcissus was a very handsome and vain hunter. Echo, a nymph, fell hopelessly in love with him. He wasn’t interested, however, and instead looked into a pond where he fell in love with his own reflection. Eventually he died and in his place was a beautiful flower—a Narcissus.
So what is it, jonquil, daffodil or narcissus? It's an apples and oranges conundrum it seems.
You can decide, but in my ABC book J is for Jonquil-- whatever it is.