What are Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings?

Wondering what your birth month flowers are and their hidden meaning? 

Almost everyone knows their zodiac sign and even their birth month gemstone, but did you know you also have a birth month flower (or two)? The wonderful world of flowers tied to birth months can offer thoughtful birthday gift ideas. Each bloom has a story – like roses for passion or chrysanthemums to wish someone well. These are the symbolic meanings behind each birth flower by month.

What Are Birth Month Flowers?

Birth month flowers are specific flowers that are traditionally associated with each month of the year. Each birth month flower is believed to carry its own unique meanings and symbolism so it’s a good gift choice for people born in that month. For instance, June roses for love, December holly for protection in the winter months, or April sweet peas to express gratitude.  These flowers can be used to add that personal touch to birthday gifts or celebrations, seasonal floral arrangements, home gardens, or as self-decoration with jewelry or tattoos.

Historical Concept of Birth Month Flowers

Their origins are based on historical traditions, cultural symbolism, religious practices, and the availability of certain flowers during each month. Some say that birth month flowers have existed in one form or another since Roman times when birthdays began to be celebrated in earnest and they were given as gifts or used for decoration on altars.  In the Victorian era, people had a heightened interest in symbolism. As part of this, floriography, the language of flowers, became hugely popular. Different meanings were assigned to certain flowers, and people used these flowers to convey their feelings or ‘secret’ messages to others at a time when it was difficult to express emotions verbally. The practice extended to associating particular flowers and their symbolism with each month.

What Are the Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings?

 January Birth Month Flower – Carnation & Snowdrop

Description

The beginning of the year brings us carnations and snowdrops. The ruffled, fragrant blooms of carnations, with their serrated petals, come in a variety of colors. You can pick white for good luck or red to show deep devotion. And what better image of winter beauty than delicately drooping snowdrops? Don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance. They are hardy enough to bloom in the snow.

Symbolic meaning

Carnations are symbols of fascination, distinction, and deep devotion whilst snowdrops are associated with hope and beauty.

February Birth Month Flower – Violet & Primrose

Description

Violets are known for their dainty, five-petaled blossoms, heart-shaped leaves, and a sweet fragrance. These low-growing perennials can be found in shades of purple, blue, and white. Primroses have delicate petals pinwheeling around a yellow or white center and deep green wrinkled leaves.

Symbolic meaning

Violets, with their deep hues, convey faithfulness, virtue, and modesty. The arrival of spring is present in the primrose’s promise of youth, love, and devotion.

March Birth Month Flower – Daffodil & Jonquil

Description

Daffodils are joyful trumpet-shaped blooms in yellow and white with slender stems and strap-like leaves. Jonquils, being part of the same Narcissus family, are similar in appearance.

Symbolic meaning

Both are spring flowers known for the start of new beginnings or rebirth. Daffodils also symbolize optimism, while jonquils are to celebrate overcoming tough times.

April Birth Month Flower – Daisy & Sweet Pea

Description

Cheerful daisies come with golden discs surrounded by delicate, white petals and slender stems perfect for making daisy chains.  Climbing sweetpeas can be found in clusters of dainty blossoms in vibrant hues or soft pastel colors, making them a favorite in floral arrangements and gardens alike.

Symbolic meaning

Daisies represent purity, innocence, and simplicity. Sweet Peas are cherished for symbolizing blissful pleasure and gratitude.

May Birth Month Flower – Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn

Description

Bell-shaped blooms at the end of gracefully arching stems, the lily of the valley adds its sweet fragrance to many a garden. Hawthorn boosts small, fragrant clusters of flowers, well protected by serrated leaves and thorny branches.

Symbolic meaning

Who can doubt the qualities of lily of the valley? Sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness.

June Birth Month Flowers – Rose & Honeysuckle

Description

Roses, with their layered petals and sharp thorns, still have not lost their popularity as the symbolic gift of love. Cascading honeysuckle, with its fragrant, tubular flowers, attracts butterflies and lends a touch of enchantment to gardens.

Symbolic meaning

You can choose red roses for love and passion, white for purity, or yellow for friendship. Devoted affection and generosity are the attributes of honeysuckle.

July Birth Month Flower – Larkspur & Water Lily

Description

Those towering spikes of spurred larkspur flowers with their deeply lobed leaves make beautiful border plants and come in an array of colors. By contrast, the delicate and graceful waterlily cups float tranquilly on their pads to give a sense of serenity to still water ponds.

Symbolic meaning

The strong and mighty larkspur conveys an open heart and strong bonds of love, while the calm waterlily calls for purity of heart and invites enlightenment.

August Birth Month Flower – Gladiolus & Poppy

Description

The vertical elegance of gladiolus is seen in its tall spikes adorned by multiple, trumpet-like flowers in vibrant hues and its sword-like leaves. Poppies are visually striking as well with their deep colors and papery delicacy. It’s a beautiful sight to see a field of them dancing in the wind.

Symbolic meaning

Gladiolus is known for conveying strength, moral integrity, and infatuation. Poppies have long been used as symbols of remembrance and deep, meaningful love.

September Birth Month Flower – Aster & Morning Glory

Description

With its tiny discs and ray florets, the daisy-like blossoms of the aster come in different shades. Morning glories, as their name suggests, show their glorious trumpet-shaped blossoms at daybreak, in a spectrum of colors from blue to pink. Their cascading vines add joy to any garden.

Symbolic meaning

Love, wisdom, and valor are the qualities found in the aster. Morning glories convey affection and tenacity.

October Birth Month Flower – Marigold & Cosmos

Description

The bushy, compact blooms of the marigold blossom in warm shades of yellow, orange, and gold. Cosmos sport delicate, daisy-like blooms on slender stems. Their petals range from pure white to deep pink.

Symbolic meaning

The warmth, creativity, and passion associated with marigolds have attracted people for generations. If you seek order, peace, and serenity, surround yourself with the cosmos.

November Birth Month Flower – Chrysanthemum

Description

In autumn, the fiery reds and golden yellows of chrysanthemums welcome the cooler months. With toothed leaves and sturdy stems, these daisy-like blooms add a burst of color to autumn landscapes.

Symbolic meaning

These blooms express joy, optimism, and longevity.

December Birth Month Flower – Narcissus & Holly

Description

With delicate trumpet-shaped blossoms in shades of white and cream, Narcissus emerge as a harbinger of spring in gardens as soon as the frost thaws. Holly’s deep, green, prickly leaves and red berry clusters help ring in the Christmas season.

Symbolic meaning

Like its namesake, the narcissus is the poster child of self-love as well as respect and prosperity.

The sturdy holly offers protection and domestic happiness during winter.

Why do Birth Month Flowers Matter?

Birth flowers make great gifts, whether in the form of celebration bouquets for birthdays or weddings, harvest or seasonal celebrations, or just as symbolic gifts based on their meanings to offer support, encouragement, condolences, or well wishes. Your birth month flower can also add that extra touch to your home as table centerpieces, house plants, dried as potpourri, or even as comforting fragrant teas. Create a garden to welcome spring or one of remembrance for a lost loved one. If you are into tattoos, people have been known to get beautiful birth month flower skin blooms and have even tattooed the symbolic meanings of their flowers. Too permanent? Try dried blossoms suspended in glass as pendants or earrings instead.

Why Are There Two Birth Flowers for Each Month?

The idea of having two birth flowers for each month isn’t set in stone. Birth flowers have been influenced by culture, religion, and societal practices as well as availability, so you may find variations in the different lists worldwide. Almost every month has a primary and secondary flower except for November, which only has the chrysanthemum. Sometimes flowers can represent different qualities associated with the same month. One may have more historical roots, and the other more aesthetic or seasonal significance.

How Do I Find My Birth Flowers?

Once you know your birth month, finding your birth month flower is a piece of cake. Any online search-engine will give you the information in a snap. After you are sure of your flower, check your local florists, speciality gift shops, or local nurseries to see if they carry them. Remember though, certain flowers are associated with certain months because they are seasonal and so may not be available throughout the year.

Who Decided on the Birth Month Flowers?

This cannot be accredited to one person, country, or culture. In fact, there is no universally agreed-upon decision as to birth month flowers. The concept has evolved since Roman times as a result of cultural, religious, and historical practices and will probably continue to evolve according to modern trends.

Conclusion

Birth month flowers are an easy, beautiful, and affordable way to surround yourself with nature’s beauty and embrace their positive symbolism. Use them to celebrate yourself, your life’s milestones, good friends, and to give your home and garden that personalized welcoming touch.

Sources:

https://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings

https://www.ftd.com/blog/birth-flowers-what-they-say-about-you

https://www.britannica.com/topic/list-of-birth-month-flowers-2237599

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/gardening-trends/birth-month-flower/

https://www.today.com/home/gardening/birth-month-flowers-rcna132966