Here are six fun facts. We will always go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with your purchase. As well as having a storied history and a unique place in the hearts and minds of people from the UK, this delightful daff can be easily identified when compared to its close relatives once you know how. If you're determined to be loyal to leeks, you could stage a leek eating competition like these Royal Welsh soldiers did in 1969. But what about the daffodil? This was the original symbol of Wales and, as legend has it, originated from a great battle against the Saxons. In Wales, for instance, it is believed that the first person to spot a daffodil in the spring will be blessed with gold. The daffodil is the National Flower of Wales. The red dragon was then included in the Tudor royal arms to signify their Welsh descent. Daffodils are also valued in China. This may have been an accident! The wild daffodil is thought to have been a symbol of Wales since the 19th century. 8168686, The Welsh Gift Shop Blog - Traditions & Customs, Why are the Leek and the Daffodil the Symbols of Wales? Unlike the common N. pseudonarcissus variety, the Tenby Daffodil has an all-yellow flower (pictured below). Learn how and when to remove this template message, Coat of Arms of the Principality of Wales, "The Leek - National emblem of the Welsh", The RSPB: Red kite voted Wales' Favourite Bird,, Articles needing additional references from October 2016, All articles needing additional references, Articles containing explicitly cited English-language text, Articles needing additional references from February 2009, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Patriotic anthems for "the land of Song" include the national anthem ", This page was last edited on 10 September 2020, at 13:58. What's a bit more tricky is telling native UK daffodils apart from their just-as-awesome but not as authentically Welsh counterparts. It’s even used as payment on the Isles of Scilly, as annually one daffodil is given to the Prince of Wales as rent for any unattended land. Company No. Because Daffodil Smaffodil. The wild daffodil is thought to have been a symbol of Wales since the 19th century. It's also a lot more vibrant and a bit less smelly - as great as leeks are in a soup, they don't make quite so striking a buttonhole as the cheeky yellow daffodil. The daffodil is the national flower worn on St David's Day (1 March) in Wales. Because the Prime Minister Said So There is also plenty of entertaining folklore and guesswork why the Welsh are inextricably linked with the leek. HIRAETH AR Y WE CYF. Another theory is that wearing the flower on St David’s Day was popularised by the Welsh-born Prime Minister David Lloyd George. The true St David’s Day daffodil is considered by some to be the Tenby daffodil (N. pseudonarcissus subspecies major, also known by the synonym N. obvallaris), which grows wild in South Wales. The arms and flag have four squares alternating in gold and red (representing the Royal House of Aberffraw and iron, or Mars the god of War). Eventually, as late as the C19th, it became the second symbol of Wales. This humble root vegetable is cited as a symbol of Wales in William Shakespeare’s Henry V. Historical evidence also exists that the Tudor dynasty issued leeks to be worn by their guards on March 1, known as St David’s Day in honour of the patron saint of Wales. Alternatively, why not find an awesome Welsh site to visit using our Grow Wild map? Both are blue ("Azur". Copyright © 2020 The Welsh Gift Shop. They're not only found in Wales, but across Western Europe. The daffodil may be known as Welsh: cenhinen Bedr (Saint Peter's leek) The Sessile Oak, also called the Welsh Oak is the national tree of Wales The red kite is sometimes named as the national symbol of wildlife in Wales. If you're 100% confident that you already know the difference, then you might not want to read any further - get back to eating your rarebit and Welsh cakes! Its popularity may have come from a link with the Welsh for daffodil, ‘ Cenhinen Bedr ’, which means St Peter's Leek - and of course, the flower tends to be in bloom around early march, the time of St David’s Day. Wild daffodils can be identified by their six pale yellow petals, which tend to be thinner and have more of a teardrop profile than other daffodils' do, and vibrant yellow central trumpet. Some associate the daffodil’s faithful rebloom with the David’s faithfulness to his people. Yum! This represents primacy in Wales). The lion is looking at the observer and has 3 paws on the ground and one raised high in the air ("passant guardant"); the tongue is stuck-out ("langued") and the claws outstretched claws ("armed").