Tuesday 1 March 2011, 10:29
You can thank our Victorian ancestors that when it comes to St David's Day, we pin daffodils to our lapels instead of leeks.
A vegetable wasn't considered glamorous enough to be the Welsh national emblem and the daffodil, whose flowering coincides with the Welsh patron saint's holiday, seemed like a fitting replacement.
There are two varieties unique to Wales:The Tenby and Welsh daffodils.
Eddie Butler examines this and other Welsh icons in a brand new series kicking off tonight at 8pm on BBC Two Wales.
Find out more about the daffodils unique to Wales in this clip from Iolo's Welsh Safari: