Everyone knows about their zodiac or birthstone, but did you know that there’s actually a birth flower too which has its own special meaning?! Knowing all about birth flower meanings can come in very handy when choosing the perfect birthday flowers to send to someone. Use our ultimate birth month flower guide to give a special someone in your life a personalised flower bouquet for their birthday!
January: Carnation and Snowdrop
Carnations are very popular with their big, ruffled petals and variety of colours, but they’re especially perfect as gifts for January babies. While the meaning of carnations can change depending on the colour, generally they symbolise admiration, loyalty and love. It is said that those born in January, make very loyal and dependable friends.
Snowdrops also bloom in the winter months and they symbolise hope and rebirth – an excellent birth flower for those in your life who bring a ray of sunshine to the darker moments!
February: Violet & Primrose
While roses may seem like the obvious choice, it is actually violets and primroses that are February’s birth flower. When you consider the February birthstone is amethyst, you can see why violets are the birth month flower. Those February babies sure do love their purples!
Violets symbolise faithfulness, humility and loyalty – give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll always be there for them! Primroses symbolise confidence and youth. So those born in February are said to possess the qualities of humility and honesty, which explains where the expression ‘shrinking violet’ comes from.
March: Daffodil & Jonquil
No flower embodies spring quite like the daffodil, so it’s quite appropriate that it is March’s birth flower. The Latin name for Daffodil, narcissus, are named after the character in Greek mythology who was so in love with himself that he drowned in a pool of water whilst admiring his own reflection. But don’t worry, these little buds of sunshine are such happy flowers that they also signify new beginnings and are a symbol of happiness and hope.
March babies are said to be happy, cheerful and optimistic folks who can easily brighten someone’s day.
April: Daisy & Sweet Pea
The April birth flowers are daisy and sweet pea. Both are fresh, humble and cheerful and associated with kindness and love, making April babies sweet, loyal people to have in your life. Daisies show trusted friendship; perhaps rooted in the childhood gifts of daisy chains and crowns. While the sweet and simple daisy is more popular out in the fields than in a vase, giving someone born in April a wonderful bouquet of bright gerbera daisies will no doubt put a big smile on their face.
Sweat Peas are symbols of goodbye and thank you, making them great for a great farewell gift. With such a wonderful, delicate fragrance sweet peas make a great addition to a bouquet and their lingering scent will remind the receiver of the gift long after you’ve gone.
May: Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn
The May birth flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn. With its delicate flowers and sweet scent, lily of the valley is a real favourite of many! Traditionally, lily of the valley is symbolic of purity, humility and sweetness. They only bloom for a short season, which makes them quite rare and exclusive.
Hawthorn is rich in meaning and symbolism, particularly in Irish Folklore. Hawthorn flowers are symbols of protection and love for everything around you. Because of their berry-like fruits, hawthorn is also seen as a symbol of fertility. You won’t find them in many bouquet’s though due to their thorny nature!
June: Rose & Honeysuckle
June babies can brag about having one of the most popular flowers of all time as their birth flower! Available in a huge range of colours, all of which have different meanings, roses are suitable for pretty much every occasion. Although their meaning depends on the colour, generally roses are said to represent love, beauty and honour. The also communicate different feelings depending on the number you choose to give. One red rose is said to communicate “love at first sight” and twelve red roses are gifted to show the receiver they’re thought of twelve months a year.
Honeysuckle flowers are loved for their sweet-smelling yellow, pink, or white flowers. They are seen as a symbol of pure happiness, affection and sweetness. Honeysuckle also stands for devotion and everlasting bonds due to its hardy nature.
July: Delphinium & Water Lily
The July birth flowers are delphinium and water lily. Water lillies are dramatic blooms that naturally create a focal point; however, their flower lasts for only a few days which might be why it is not commonly used in bouquets. This is also why they have been connected with spirituality and rebirth.
With associations of positivity and dignity, delphiniums are a generous tribute to someone born in July! Like roses, their meaning depends on their colour but in general they are said to symbolise an open, welcoming and loving heart, a trait said to be shared with those who celebrate a July birthday.
August: Gladiolus & Poppy
The August birth flowers are gladiolus and poppy. Available in a rainbow of gorgeous colours, these stunning blooms are understandably very popular in the late summer months.
The name gladiolus is a reference to the sword-swinging gladiators of ancient Rome. Back then, when gladiators fought in the arena, the victor was showered in gladioli. It is for this reason that gladioli are said to embody strength of character, honesty, generosity and moral integrity. Those born in august must be really strong, independent and fierce people!
September: Aster & Morning Glory
The September birth flowers are aster and morning glory. Considered the ‘star’ of the show, aster flowers were named after the Greek word for ‘star’ because of their shape. Asters come in a great variety of colours including red, white, orange and various shades of pink and purple, making them one of the most popular flowers for use in floral arrangements. Whilst they bloom all year round, it is actually during September, when autumn slowly starts to make its arrival, that they become one of the most vibrant flowers around.
Aster flowers are well known for representing faith, wisdom and spontaneity, ideal to show those beloved September babies that they are viewed as affectionate, humble and spontaneous people.
October: Marigold & Cosmos
The October birth flowers are marigold and cosmos. With their beautiful autumnal colours and spicy scent, marigolds are perfect for those celebrating their birthday in October. Marigolds are one of autumn’s hardiest flowers, and as a result, are said to be representative of a strong will and determination to succeed. If your birthday is in October, you’re probably driven, passionate and creative – just like your birth flower.
Cosmos flowers can come in many colours. Perhaps the most striking is the deep dark red of Cosmos atrosanguineus which comes with a wonderful chocolatey aroma. The name Cosmos comes from the Greek kosmos, meaning order, harmony and balance. An incredibly symmetrical flower, it is no surprise they are the birth flower for many Libra!
November only has one birth flower but it is one of the world’s most popular flowers – the chrysanthemum. Available in a huge spectrum of colours these flowers are thought to bring good luck and joy into any home!
Much like the rose, the colour can change the meaning. Similarly, red represents love and passion, white for purity and devotion. Yellow, interestingly, can represent a neglected and uncared for love, so be careful who you give them out to! In general, chrysanthemums represent friendship, honesty and happiness and they imbue all these qualities on November-borns!
December: Poinsettias & Holly
A real symbol of the season, it’s no surprise that the joyful and festive holly is the birth flower for December. Though technically not a flower, the dark green leaves and bright red berries just scream Christmas and are perfect to include in bouquets for those celebrating a December birthday.
Nowadays, holly is known for good fortune, peace and merriment. People born during this month love a challenge and gift those around them with a warm, amiable nature. A few sprigs of holly can add an unexpected twist to a floral bouquet, or make a traditional and warming wreath to gift to December babies.