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What's your birth flower?
You have most likely heard of birthstones and zodiac signs, but have you heard about birth flowers? The tradition of birth month flowers is thought to have begun in Roman times when flowers were sole was given as gifts to honor birthdays.
Nowadays, we send flowers for all sorts of lovely reasons. Knowing all about birth flower meanings can come in handy when choosing the perfect bunch to send to someone, whatever the occasion.
Birth Flower Guide & Symbolism
January birth flower
For those of you who is born in January, both the carnation and snowdrop is considered to be the most meaningful flower. This might be because they are almost the only flowers that actually bloom during the winter months.
The carnations history dates back to Greek and Roman times when they were often used in art and decor. Christians believed that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus.
The carnation symbolise devotion and love and its most popular colours are white, cream and light pink. Yellow carnations are the only ones that has a slight negative meaning to them.
What your January birth flower says about you:
If you are born in January, based on your birth flower you are someone who are very loyal and passionate and has a great deal of empathy for others. You go over and above for your loved ones and always there to support and listen.
February birth flower
In February the birth flowers actually isn't the rose which could easily be ones first thought since Valentine's Day falls on February the 14th. Instead it's the beautiful violet and iris.
Violet flowers have been cultivated for centuries and they were used in wine, food and medicine. This faithful blooming plant is named after its traditional purple petals, which is in keeping with February's purple birthstone, the amethyst. It symbolise truth and spiritual wisdom.
What your February birth flower says about you:
People born in February are known for being honest, wise, positive and humble. You believe that being good and truthful to yourself and others around you are the best policy.
March birth flower
The March birth flowers are daffodil and jonquil. They look fairly similar although the jonquil has slender leaves and are usually shorter than daffodils.
Jonquils are tied to the Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection. In the past it was believed that giving someone a bunch of jonquils meant that you had a desire that affection was returned. Nowadays they symbolise rebirth, creativity and success.
What your March birth flower says about you:
March babies tend to be happy, positive people with lots of creativity and full of ideas. They are always fun people to be around and never a dull moment.
April birth flower
The April birth flowers are daisy and sweet pea, two very delicate flowers that are very different looking. The daisy grows plenty in the wild and are not usually sold in flower shops in the UK, although they are very pretty and highly underestimated.
Sweet peas, on the other hand, are very popular and hard to come by sometimes. They come in a variation of colours such as white, lavender and pink. The sweet pea flower history has been traced to southern Italy and Sicily, where the plant grew wild.
The sweet pea is a romantic flower, traditionally blooming on 21st June, the longest day of the year. It symbolises kindheartedness, friendship and blissful pleasure.
What your April birth flower says about you:
With the symbol of kindheartedness, it's no wonder people born in April are such lovely people with enormous hearts. You care about everyone around you and always put others happiness before your own.
May birth flower
The May birth flower is Lily-of-the-valley, a very delicate flower with lots of small white flower buds on each stem. It's a huge favourite among the royals and is often included in bridal bouquet for royal weddings.
According to legend, lily of the valley flowers sprouted up from Eve's tears after she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Also known as the May lily, this flower is a lucky charm. The first meaning of the lily of the valley is the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The May lily symbolizes warmth, sweetness and joy.
What your May birth flower says about you:
You are a humble and down to earth person that have a motherly and caring warmth to you. You like taking care of others.
June birth flower
The June birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle. The rose is one of the most popular flowers in the UK and comes in almost all colours under the sun, red, white, pink, lavender, yellow, orange and so on.
The rose have been cherished by humans for centuries and ancient Egyptians used roses as offerings to the Gods.
Ancient Greeks and Romans would identify roses with love. Since roses comes in a variety of colours they also all have different meaning. Overall they symbolise love, beauty and devotion.
What your June birth flower says about you:
June babies are devoted people. Devoted to their work, friends, lovers and even to something as difficult as a new gym membership!
July birth flower
The July birth flowers are delphinium and water lily. The delphinium is one of the most striking flowers out there with its tall, elegant stems and impressive colours. It's one of the few flowers that comes in blue naturally which makes it a popular flowers for events and weddings.
The water lily is named after the Greek nymph, the Water Lily is a symbol of beauty that can also have a dangerous side. It's also a symbol of unity and finding peace and balance. For Buddhists, it symbolizes rising up from the mundane world and into the spiritual one.
What your July birth flower says about you:
If you are born in July you are a very balanced, calm and harmonic person, who doesn't stress about the future but simply focuses on the here and now.
August birth flower
The August birth flowers are gladiolus and poppy. In general poppies symbolise imagination but can vary depending on what colour they are and they come in almost every colour out there.
Gladiolus got its name from the Latin word 'gladius' which meant sword for their distinct, pointy shape. They are known for symbolising strength and moral integrity.
What your August birth flower says about you:
August babies are strong minded people who knows what they want and are not likely to cave under pressure. Very stabile people to be around.
September birth flower
The September birth flowers are morning glory and aster. Aster is named after the Greek word for, 'star' due to its bloom resembling a star.
Aster bloom all year around but during September its colours become particularly vibrant. The aster flower symbolise love, elegance and faith. Morning glory is an interesting one. Its ability to bloom every morning only to die every evening resembles human life and signify not only death but beauty of life.
What your September birth flower says about you:
You are somewhat of a thinker and likes to be social but values your alone time or one on one with your close friends. You are very loyal and kind person.
October birth flower
The October birth flowers are marigold and cosmos. Native to Mexico, cosmos plants were brought back to Madrid in great abundance by 16th Century Spanish explorers. Nowadays cosmos are a very popular flower to incorporate in wild style flower arrangements and bouquets.
Some varieties of cosmos can get tall, really tall. Some sources have recorded cosmos that reached up to 5 ft! Cosmos symbolise tranquility, modesty, innocence and beauty.
What your October birth flower says about you:
October babies tends to be quiet and shy people who does not like to be in the center of attention. With a sweet and gentle nature they are a delight to be around.
November birth flower
The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum. First cultivated centuries ago in China, the chrysanthemum was used primarily as a culinary herb. Its petals and young shoots found their way to the table in salads; its flowers and leaves were taken and brewed into teas.
The chrysanthemum is a very popular cut flower and is often used in bouquets by florists. It comes in a variety of colours and sizes and can look very different from type to type.
The most popular types include curved, spray, intermediate, and spider chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum stands for happiness, friendship and longevity.
What your November birth flower says about you:
November babies are happy people. They have a positive outlook on life in general and gives off good vibes to whoever is around them.
December birth flower
The December birth flowers are holly and narcissus. The holly is technically not a flower but berries on branches with dark and deep green leaves on them. Holly plants have been in people's homes and gardens for centuries and is one of Britain's favourite festive plants.
During the Pagan times the holly were considered to be a symbol of fertility as well as an effective way to protect places from witches.
Nowadays holly stands for optimism, good fortune and peace which we think is perfect for a month filled with festive joy and a new year approaching.
What your birth flower says about you:
Optimistic and filled with hope, people born in December are bursting with joy and happiness all year around.
Find the perfect bouquet for the right person and occasion?