Most of Greek myths and especially the ones about plants include love, jealousy, passion and punishment. They explain certain characteristics and they indicate that Greeks observed, respected and were inspired by the natural environment.
This myth is a poetic one that has inspired many artists through the years. Echo was a beautiful nymph who lived in the mountains among forests, had a beautiful voice and was the favourite nymph of goddess Artemis. She was punished by Hera _the jealous wife of ever cheating Zeus_ as she distracted the Goddess by talking to her, so not to discover Zeus love affair. Her punishment was to lose her speech and for then on to been able only to repeat the words what others were saying.
One day Echo saw in the woods the beautiful young Narcissus who was hunting in the woods, and she immediately fell in love with him. Narcissus the son of a river god was so beautiful that everyone who saw him fell in love with him, but he never loved anyone back.
Until the day he saw his own reflection at a pool of water near a spring and immediately fell in love with the beauty he saw. Echo who tried to talk to him to express her love was only able to repeat the love words that he was saying to his own image. He stayed admiring his own reflection until he was wasted away and turned to a daffodil . The shape of the flower is reminding us Narcissus looking down at his own reflection.
Echo desperately in love with him stayed beside him in vain trying to communicate her love until she also faded away and all that was left of her was her voice forever repeating other people’s words.