Did you know that every birth month has a flower and that each one of them has a special meaning?
Each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of somebody’s birth. The characteristics of that flower may be “inherited” by the person who is born in that certain month.
Flowers and birthdays have a long association. It is believed that the Romans started celebrating birth and birthdays using flowers. Flower characteristics such as appearance, scent and color have relevance when choosing flowers as gifts. So, if you are looking for a creative way to celebrate someone’s birthday, this birth month flowers guide will help you find the best gift for that special someone.
Carnation is the flower for the first month of the Gregorian calendar. Also called the Clove Pink or Gillyflower, carnation can be found in numerous colors ranging from pink to purple-red. It represents pride, beauty, admiration, gratitude, fascination, distinction, divine love and woman. Worn on Mother’s Day and weddings, this sweetly fragrant flower is also the state flower of Ohio. A pink carnation means “I’ll never forget you”, while a red carnation means “My heart aches for you”. Yellow carnation means rejection or disappointment, striped carnation means regret that a love is not shared and white carnation means pure love.
February birth flower comes in pink, blue, purple, yellow and white color. Traditionally, iris represents eloquence, faithfulness, peace of mind and friendship. Irises may also express admiration and courage. Purple iris symbolize wisdom and compliments, blue iris symbolize hope and faith, white iris symbolize purity, while yellow iris stands for passion. If a bouquet has white iris mixed with purple ones, it symbolizes the remembrances of winter past, along with spring’s promise. If yellow iris is added to the bouquet, it adds the dimension of passion to the mix. Iris is also is associated with the 25th wedding anniversary.
The flower associated with March is daffodil. Also known as Jonquil or Narcissus, this flower comes in yellow, white and orange color. The daffodil is a synonym for Spring. It represents rebirth, new beginnings, respect, friendship and domestic happiness. In terms of floral meaning, the daffodil is a symbol of desire, sympathy, formality and unequaled love: the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. When giving a daffodil, the message being sent is “You Are An Angel”. When presented in an abundant bouquet, daffodils promise happiness and joy. This fragrant flower is native to southern Europe. It is associated with the 10th wedding anniversary.
Who has not made a daisy chain before? April’s birth flower conveys innocence, loyal love, love that conquers all and purity. Daisies have several other meanings which include cheerfulness and beauty. It is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret: the daisy means “I’ll never tell”. A personification of childlike joy and playfulness, this birth flower captures the essence of spring’s happy-go-lucky, forever-young attitude. It is associated with the 5th wedding anniversary.
May: Lily of the Valley
The month of May is associated with the lily of the valley. Also known as May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, muguet and fairy ladders, this flower comes in white color. Lily of the valley conveys sweetness, humility and chastity. In the language of flowers, lily of the valley expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor. It also means “the return of happiness” which is the reason why it is often used as decorations in weddings. Symbolically this flower is said to bring luck in love. It’s also believed that lily of the valley will protect your garden from evil spirits. “You’ve made my life complete” is the hidden message connected to this flower.
This flower is usually found in the Northern Hemisphere and it is available in colors ranging from red and pink to white and yellow. The rose is the flower of beauty, passion and seduction. Besides representing love, roses also symbolize secrecy. A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means “I love you”. White rose symbolizes innocence, purity, and remembrance. Yellow rose conveys jealousy or a decrease in love. Orange rose means “You are my secret love”. A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude. Roses are associated with the 15th wedding anniversary.
Larkspur is the flower for July. The Larkspur was called lark’s heel by Shakespeare, and has also been referred too as lark’s claw and knight’s spur. It represents levity, lightness, friendship, loyalty, laughter and happiness. Larkspur also symbolizes good luck, open heart, ardent attachment and the strong bonds of love. Each color variation of larkspur has a different meaning: pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature and purple represents the first love and a sweet disposition.
August’s birth flower is gladiolus or Sword lily. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange. Gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character. Gladiolus has also gained a reputation for originality and romance. With gladiolus, the recipient’s heart is being “pierced with love”. “Love at first sight” is the meaning of this flower when offered as a gift. Gladiolus is associated with the 40th wedding anniversary.
September’s birth flower is aster, the official symbol of love and also the floral personification of all things delicate and dainty. It is found in a number of colors: pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. Aster symbolizes love, faith, wisdom and color. In ancient times, it was believed that when aster leaves burned, their perfume could drive away evil. Today, this flower is known as a talisman of love and an enduring symbol of elegance. The hidden message “Take care of yourself for me” is what is being sent with a gift of asters. Aster is associated with the 20th wedding anniversary.
Marigold, otherwise known as Calendula is the flower associated with October. It comes in yellow and orange color. Marigolds represent Autumn and they signify affection and grace. This flower is often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love. It is also a symbol of elegance, devotion, passion and creativity. Message “My thoughts are with you” is associated with this flower. Marigolds are used as love charms and they are often incorporated into wedding garlands. In English culture, Marigold stands for sorrow, grief and sympathy.
Chrysanthemum, sometimes called mum or chrysanth, is associated with the month of November. This flower represents health, wisdom, happiness, compassion, friendship and joy. Chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun. Some religions consider that this birth flower represent enlightenment. According to Feng Shui, chrysanthemums brings happiness and laughter in the house. Red chrysanthemum means love, white chrysanthemum means innocence and purity, while yellow chrysanthemum means slighted love. The secret meaning of this flower is “You’re a wonderful friend”.
Poinsettia is the birth month flower for December. It comes in three colors: red, white, and pink. Poinsettia is also called Christmas flower and it represents celebration, success and reassurance. Symbolizing good cheer and merriment, this flower is a tribute to December’s joyful celebrations. While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbol of purity, in today’s language of flowers poinsettia is said to bring wishes of mirth and jollification. “You are the special one” is the message this flower sends.
*Be sure to check Birthstones and Their Meanings.