A widely cultivated narcissus with clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers and cylindrical leaves, native to southern Europe and northeastern Africa.
Narcissus jonquilla, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)‘Other flowers featured in the magazine included daisies and daffodils, jonquils and jasmines, roses and ranunculus, and hundreds of others.’
- ‘In actual fact, all daffodils and jonquils are narcissi - but only some narcissi are daffodils and only a few are jonquils.’
- ‘Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.’
- ‘I could see some particularly attractive flowers up ahead, and as we drew closer, I realized that they were jonquils, my favorite flower.’
- ‘However, late summer and early fall is the time we need to be planting and nurturing our jonquils to make sure they are bright and healthy later.’
Early 17th century from modern Latin jonquilla or French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco, from Latin juncus ‘rush, reed’.