THE HIDDEN MEANING BEHIND BIRTH MONTH FLOWERS: WHAT YOUR BIRTH FLOWER SAYS ABOUT YOU
CARNATIONS AND SNOWDROPS
Carnations, January’s first birth flower, symbolise love, fascination, and distinction. Throughout history, they have also been associated with devotion and affection. In ancient Greek mythology, carnations were considered the “flowers of the gods” and were often used in Greek and Roman ceremonial crowns. As a sign of the coming end of winter, Snowdrops have been associated with hope as well as purity. These delicate downturned flowers are believed to bring luck and protection to those born in January.
IRIS AND VIOLET
The second month of the year brings with it the dainty February birth month flowers Iris and Violet. Irises are named for the Greek goddess Iris, who was considered a messenger for the gods. The iris flower is believed to represent faith, hope, and wisdom. Irises come in various vibrant colours, each carrying its own significance. Violets also have a history that extends into ancient times, during which they have been known to represent modesty, virtue, and loyalty. They have also been associated with dreams, love, enlightenment, protection, and remembrance. During the Victorian era, violets were popular as a token of affection given to your beloved.
DAFFODIL AND JONQUIL
If you were born in March, your flowers are the Daffodil and Jonquil. Daffodils symbolise rebirth, new beginnings, and prosperity. Their recognisable shape and cheerful yellow hues signal the start to warmer weather and a sense of hope and renewal. Some folklore has also described Daffodils as the harbinger of good luck, offering protection from misfortune. The similar jonquil flower, a type of daffodil, represents affection and desire. Traditionally, they’re associated with joy, happiness, and love, and are believed to attract these virtues. As an early spring bloom, the bold colours and delicate fragrance of daffodils and jonquils have been an adored symbol throughout history.
DAISY AND SWEET PEA
The Daisy and Sweet Pea are April’s birth month flowers. Daisies symbolise innocence, purity, and new beginnings. They are often associated with cheerfulness, youth, love and loyalty. In various cultures, daisies have been used for their medicinal properties and are believed to bring good luck. Sweet Peas, on the other hand, represent delicate pleasure and blissful happiness. These fragrant flowers are often associated with friendship and appreciation. They have a rich history and have been cultivated for centuries, admired for their vibrant colours and captivating fragrance.
LILY OF THE VALLEY AND HAWTHORN
May birth month flowers are the Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn. The Lily of the Valley symbolises sweetness, humility, and purity. These delicate white flowers are associated with spring and are often used in bridal bouquets. In folklore, it is believed that the flower brings luck and protects against evil spirits. Hawthorn represents hope and love. Its blossoms are said to bring good fortune and are used in traditional May Day celebrations. These flowers have cultural and historical significance, with mentions in myths and legends throughout the ages.
ROSE AND HONEYSUCKLE
The Rose and Honeysuckle, typically blooming this time of year, are June’s birth month flowers. Roses symbolise love, beauty, and passion. These timeless flowers have a rich history and are repeatedly associated with romance and affection. Different rose colours may also carry specific meanings, such as red for deep love and pink for admiration. Like the rose, honeysuckle has a distinctly recognisable sweet scent, which is associated with pure happiness and love. Some folklore includes the belief that anyone who grows honeysuckle will attract good luck and prosperity. Both flowers hold a significant place in mythology and have been admired for their beauty and fragrance throughout history.
DELPHINIUM AND WATER LILY
The traditional flowers for the birth month of July are the Delphinium and Water Lily. Delphiniums symbolise positivity, joy, and an open heart. These tall, elegant flowers come in a variety of colours and are associated with grace and dignity. In folklore, delphiniums were believed to have healing properties and were used in remedies. Similarly, the water lily is believed to represent enlightenment and rebirth as well as purity and wisdom. They are considered sacred in many cultures, with many tracing connections between water lilies and the spiritual realm. For many, their serene beauty and presence serve as a representation of spiritual development.
GLADIOLUS AND POPPY
August babies get to claim the Gladiolus and Poppy as their birth month flowers. Gladiolus symbolises strength, integrity, and sincerity. These tall and majestic flowers come in various vibrant colours, representing different emotions and virtues. Gladiolus is associated with honour and respect. Poppies, on the other hand, symbolise imagination, beauty, and remembrance. They are often associated with deep emotions and have been used as symbols of sacrifice and tribute. Poppies hold cultural and historical significance, particularly in relation to war and memorial services, and are admired for their delicate and striking appearance.
ASTER AND MORNING GLORY
September birth month flowers are the Aster and Morning Glory. Asters symbolise love, patience, and elegance. These star-shaped flowers are associated with wisdom and celestial connections. In folklore, it is believed that asters bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Morning Glories represent affection, love, and perseverance. These vibrant flowers are known for their ability to thrive even in challenging conditions. Morning glories are also seen as symbols of renewal and the fleeting nature of time. Both flowers hold a special place in gardens and floral arrangements, bringing beauty and meaning to September-born individuals.
MARIGOLD AND COSMOS
Like the changing hues of the season, October’s birth month flowers are colourful Marigolds and Cosmos. Marigolds symbolise passion, creativity, and positive energy. These vibrant flowers are associated with warmth and joy. In various cultures, marigolds are used in festivals and celebrations as a symbol of remembrance and honouring loved ones. Cosmos represents harmony, serenity, and beauty. These delicate flowers are often seen as a representation of love and balance. Cosmos flowers have a rich history, and their name is derived from the Greek word for "order" or "beautiful." Both flowers bring colour and charm to October gardens and carry deep symbolic meanings.
CHRYSANTHEMUM AND PEONY
If you were born in November, your birth month flowers are Chrysanthemums and Peonies. Chrysanthemums symbolise loyalty, love, and friendship. These versatile flowers come in various colours and have a rich history. In many cultures, Chrysanthemums are associated with honour and are often used in ceremonies and festivals. Peonies represent prosperity, good fortune, and compassion. They are cherished for their large, fragrant blooms and are considered symbols of beauty and abundance. Peonies hold significance in various cultures and have been cultivated for centuries for their ornamental value. Together, these flowers bring elegance and meaning to November celebrations.
HOLLY AND NARCISSUS (PAPERWHITES)
Closing out the year, December birth month flowers are Holly and Narcissus. Holly symbolises hope, protection, and joy. In many cultures, it is associated with Christmas festivities and represents immortality and rebirth, and it’s believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Narcissus flowers, also known as paperwhites, represent rebirth, beauty, and good wishes. These delicate flowers are grown from bulbs, typically indoors, and associated with renewal, purity, unconditional love, and prosperity. In Greek mythology, the story of Narcissus represents eternal self-love. Both flowers hold cultural and historical significance, adding beauty and symbolism to the month of December.Now that you know your birth flowers by month, you can personalise your flower selection for that special person in your life–or find your own new favourite bloom! Shop flower bouquets for your next celebration and inspire your floral gifts with added special meaning. If you’re looking for floral bouquet ideas for an upcoming birthday, check out our selection of fresh birthday flowers!