Mary Ellen Ellis
A classic early flower of spring, uses for daffodils extend
well beyond providing cheerful color after the winter months. While this may be
the main reason most people plant
daffodil bulbs, these pretty spring flowers can enrich your garden, improve
pollination, and provide medical and health benefits.
What are Daffodils Good for Medicinally?
Daffodil flower uses are mostly limited to ornamentation.
However, researchers are finding ways to extract compounds from daffodils with
the potential of treating diseases. Some of the daffodil benefits to medicine
may include treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.
Traditionally, daffodil flowers and bulbs have been used for
inducing vomiting. It is very risky to try this, however, as there are reported
cases of deaths related to using the bulbs. Avoid using any part of a daffodil
as medicine or food.
Benefits of Daffodils in the Garden
You may not be able to eat them or turn them into an herbal
medicine, but daffodils, like other early
spring flowers, are actually beneficial to the garden in several ways. They
come out of dormancy before many other plants, which means they are active and
prepared to catch the water and nutrients that come with spring rains, which
would otherwise be wasted.
When these flowers die back in spring, they add those
nutrients back to the soil where other plants can use them.
These early spring flowers spread readily and colonize areas
in patches. They spread their roots, which helps prevent or minimize erosion.
The early daffodil blooms attract early pollinators too. This helps other
plants, like your fruit trees, set more fruit.
If you grow fruit trees, you’ll want daffodils to increase
pollination, but they can also keep grass at bay. Plant daffodil bulbs around
the drip line of a fruit tree to keep grass from encroaching under the tree and
competing with it for nutrients and water. The leaves may even deter deer.
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