Along with a Zodiac sign and birthstone, each month is represented by a flower. The 12 birth flowers have their own special meanings and each one represents different personality traits. Learning about your birth flower is a fun way to reflect on your core traits and see if they relate to your flower. They also make for a thoughtful gift idea (see our birth flower pendants).
Continue reading to learn more about the 12 Birth Flowers…
January’s birth flower is the snowdrop. Seen as a symbol of hope, because of their ability to grow even in the harshest of conditions. The snowdrop represents the ability to overcome obstacles, courage, and new beginnings. January babies are seen to be loyal, courageous, and strong just like the Snowdrop Flower.
February’s birth flower is violet. Violets were cultivated for medicinal purposes by the Ancient Greeks. Their heart-shaped petals even found their way into love potions over the centuries. Violets symbolize faithfulness, humility, and spiritual wisdom. Those born in February tend to be honest, humble, wise, and innocent.
March’s birth flower is the daffodil. In Wales, the daffodil is known to be a sign of good luck and is celebrated as the national flower. They have been around the UK since the 17th century and happen to be one of Shakespeare's favorite flowers. This sunny spring flower symbolizes rebirth, luck, vanity, and prosperity. March babies are perceived to be optimistic, cheerful, and happy.
April's birth flower is the daisy. Depicted on stone drawings dating back to 3000 BC, daisies are believed to be one of the oldest flowers on earth. Generally, daisies are known to represent innocence, loyalty, and transformation. April babies tend to be sweet, kind, and loyal people to have in your life. Daisies are also known to represent fertility and motherhood, making them a wonderful gift for new or expectant mothers.
May: Lily of the Valley
May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley. Popular amongst the brides of the Royal Family, the Lily of the Valley is a delicate and sweet-scented flower. Some believe they appeared where Eve’s tears fell after she was evicted from the Garden of Eden. Currently, Lily of the Valley symbolizes humility, sweetness, the return of happiness, and motherhood. They make for the perfect gift for mothers, especially if their birthday is in May.
The Rose is June's birth flower. As one of the most popular flowers of all time, the Rose comes in a wide variety of colors and each one has its own meaning. Loved for centuries, Roses were used by Ancient Egyptians as offerings to the Gods and have been mentioned in history books since 551 BC! Overall, roses symbolize beauty, love, honor, and devotion. June babies are perceived to be beautiful, devoted, and kind people.
Named after a Lark’s claw, the Larkspur is considered to be July’s birth flower. Some say the horned shape of the larkspur flowers repel scorpions, ghosts, and evil spirits when hung above doors. The Larkspur symbolizes love, affection, and strong attachment. They also are known to represent the desire to be humorous and pure-hearted. July babies are seen as funny, light, pure-hearted souls that create strong bonds in love and relationships.
The Poppy is August’s birth flower. Poppy seeds can remain dormant under soil for hundreds of years and will only grow when disturbed. During WWI, the digging of mass graves disrupted the soils of Europe causing poppies to bloom in the wake of devastation. Poppies symbolize silence and consolation and are most known as the symbol of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of World War I. August babies are known to be strong, independent, and fierce people who bring light and hope even in the darkest places.
September: Morning Glory
September’s birth flower is the Morning Glory. Also known as the “Moonflower” with its large, iridescent white flowers that bloom all night long, the morning glory is commonly used in different culinary creations. Morning glories signify love and affection. In Chinese folklore they represent the day lovers meet. A wonderful and meaningful gift for those born, or for a couple that met in September.
Cosmos are the birth flowers for October. These autumn-colored blooms became popular as landscape plants as they are known to repel mosquitoes in tropical countries.
Symbolizing balance and orderliness, it is said that when you give these flowers to someone it represents that you want to bring balance and abundant love to that relationship. October babies are perceived as a balancing force in their relationships and they are confident in their love for others.
The chrysanthemum is November's birth flower and also one of the world’s most popular cut blooms due to their variety. First cultivated in China during the 15th century, chrysanthemums now have a special day dedicated to the flower called the Festival of Happiness.
In general, chrysanthemums represent friendship, honesty, and happiness. People born in November exemplify these traits throughout their social experiences and can form meaningful relationships with many people.
Unsurprisingly, December’s birth flower is the festive and joyful holly plant. With its dark green leaves and bright red berries, holly is technically not a flower.
Before being used as decoration, Holly was seen as a symbol of fertility and an effective way to protect spaces from witches. Currently, they symbolize merriment, good fortune, and peace. December babies, despite the cold month they are born in, tend to be joyful people who love to laugh and share their happiness with others.