Each month has birthstones. But each month also has birth flowers associated with them. These blooms are symbolic and carry meaning for the person born in that month. When it comes to gifting, birth month flowers are also a lovely way to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or special occasion with that little bit of extra thought.
So, wondering what your birth month flower is? Let’s take a walk through the floral calendar.
Birth Month Flowers
Each month has two birth flowers – one primary and one secondary. We’ve talked about quite a few of them in our article The 12 Most Popular Flowers for Giving. Let’s learn a little more.
The birth month flowers for January are the carnation and snowdrop. Carnations remain an enduring favourite of ours, being one of the first flowers grown at The Flower Farm. With its ruffled beauty, carnations symbolise devotion, love and perseverance.
The white-bloomed Snowdrop symbolises innocence.
Thanks to Valentine’s Day, February is a month for romance. Rather than roses however, February’s birth flowers are the violet and primrose. Violets are known to symbolise several things, including modesty, honesty and remembrance. Primroses symbolise youth and young love.
The March birth flowers are the daffodil and jonquil, both from the narcissus family. These gorgeous, memorable blooms are both symbolic of new beginnings, happiness and hope. For this reason, babies born in March are traditionally said to be optimistic. Jonquils in particular are a perfect choice for an Easter bouquet.
Birth month flowers for April are the daisy and sweet pea. Daisies are known to symbolise new beginnings and rebirth, which makes them a popular choice to give to new mothers. Sweet peas symbolise farewells and gratitude, making them a lovely choice for floral gifts.
May birthdays can be celebrated with lily of the valley and hawthorn. Lily of the valley symbolises purity and sweetness, and has delicate, fragrant bell-shaped flowers ranging from mauve to pink.
Hawthorn is a flowering shrub from the rose family. It symbolises protection and enduring love. For this reason, a Celtic tradition is that brides would include sprigs of hawthorn in their hair or bridal bouquet.
Those born in June can celebrate with their birth month flowers rose and honeysuckle. Roses are arguably one of the most recognisable flowers on the planet, and widely known to symbolise love and affection. Different rose colours also have different meanings. Red roses traditionally symbolise everlasting love and romance. Pink roses symbolise affection and appreciation. Yellow roses are known to symbolise happiness and friendship.
Honeysuckle symbolises pure happiness. Its sweet-smelling fragrance is renowned.
The birth month flowers for July are larkspur and water lily. Better known in Australia as delphinium, larkspur have iconic ‘towers’ of flowers. They symbolise positivity and dedication.
Water lilies symbolise purity and innocence.
August babies grow up with gladiolus and poppy as their birth flowers. Both symbolise remembrance. In Australia. We are familiar with gladioli’s sword-like flowers as the flamboyant favourite of Dame Edna Everage. Poppies are most commonly seen here in April as part of ANZAC Day remembrance ceremonies.
September’s birth flowers are the aster and morning glory. Asters belong to the daisy family of flowers, which includes dahlias, marigolds and sunflowers. In Greek, ‘aster’ means star. Asters are grown in a wide range of colours and have several symbolic meanings, including love, wisdom, faith, friendship, patience and beauty.
The trumpet-shaped flowers of morning glory open in the morning, and close in the afternoon. They are most known to symbolise unrequited love but also undying love.
October babies are celebrated with marigolds and cosmos. Marigolds flower in a warm spectrum of cream through yellow, orange to dark red. Perhaps because of this warm colour spectrum, marigolds are said to represent strength and the power of light living inside each person. Cosmos is part of the daisy family and come in a range of lovely colours. They symbolise balance and order.
The birth month flowers for November are chrysanthemum and peony. Chrysanthemums are widely associated with Mothers’ Day, but symbolise friendship, trust, joy and optimism too. Their range of delicate colours make them an enduring favourite. Gorgeous, large rose-like peony blooms come in a range of lovely colours. Peonies symbolise love, happiness and beauty.
December’s birth month flowers both symbolise hope. They are the paperwhite from the narcissus family (which includes daffodils) and holly. Paperwhite is said to symbolise hope, beauty, and unconditional love. Holly is a Christian symbol of Christmas. The sharp leaves are said to be symbolic of Jesus’ crown of thorns, while holly berries are symbolic of his blood. Further, holly is an evergreen, which is said to represent eternal life.Knowing birth month flowers and their meanings can open a whole new world of floral possibilities for bouquets and arrangements. Get in touch with us today. We’d love to create a bespoke birthday month floral creation for you!