You probably know your birthstone, the gemstone assigned to the month you were born in. But you might be surprised to learn that every month also has a birth flower assigned to it. Birth flowers have been around for a long time and are known all over the world. If you’ve never uncovered the type of flower associated with your birth month, it’s about time you learned it and started incorporating it into your favorite floral bouquets.
Where Did Birth Month Flowers Originate From?
Many believe that birth month flowers originated as far back as the Roman empire. In fact, this is also the time period when people first began celebrating birthdays. These celebrations included decorating the altars of Roman gods with flowers. Family and friends also brought gifts to celebrate their loved ones’ birthdays, and these gifts often included flowers. Eventually, each flower became known for a particular month and the tradition continued. In the Victorian era, meanings were attributed to flowers as a way to communicate a message without speaking out loud. These meanings are super interesting to look at today. Some even say that they have a connection with your personality, sort of like the concept of zodiac signs.
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12 Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings
Check out the 12 birth months below to find your birth month flower and the meaning associated with it.
Carnations have fringe-petaled flowers with a spicy fragrance. They’re used widely in floral arrangements because of their long-lasting beauty. Different colors convey different meanings, ranging from white that symbolizes pure love to yellow, which means, “Wish you were here.”
Iris blooms feature three outer hanging petals and three inner upright petals and are known for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. They’re said to represent courage, loyalty, and faithfulness.
Daffodils are the first perennial flowers to bloom after a long, cold winter. They tend to be the first flower that pops up through a layer of snow, signifying the beginning of spring. As such, they symbolize new birth, beginnings, and joy.
4. April: Daisy
Cheerful and happy, daisies feature narrow green leaves and white flowers with bright yellow disk centers. They symbolize beauty, innocence, love, and purity, stemming from an old Celtic legend.
Lilies of the Valley are dainty, sweet flowers with one of the sweetest and most distinctive fragrances of all the blooming plants in the spring and early summer. They’re said to symbolize humility and happiness, as well as youth and purity.
6. June: Rose
Roses are one of the world’s most beautiful flowers, ranging in color from white to dark crimson and maroon. They also have a delightful fragrance, which makes them coveted for floral bouquets. Like carnations, each color has a different meaning. Red roses signify love, while yellow roses symbolize friendship.
Larkspur is a classic cottage garden staple with tall stalks filled with tiny blue blossoms. They’re said to symbolize an open heart and are often associated with romantic feelings.
Gladiolas love the summer heat, making them the perfect pick for August. Despite their beauty, they are actually easy to care for. Their name comes from the Latin word ‘gladius,’ which means sword and symbolizes strength, victory, and pride.
Asters look similar to daisies with their star-shaped blooms and center disc but can range in color from white to blue to purple. They bloom in early fall and symbolize strong and powerful love.
Marigolds are an easy-to-grow, no-fuss annual favorite that brings the color of sunshine to any garden. They’re also known for attracting butterflies, bees, and ladybugs. They’re said to represent power, strength, and light.
11. November: Mum
Chrysanthemums are a staple in fall gardens that require little maintenance and come in virtually every color of the rainbow. Though the meanings vary based on the color of the bloom, in general, they represent happiness, love, longevity, and joy.
The Narcissus is named for a Greek demigod who fell in love with his own reflection, and the gods turned him into a flower. Less sinisterly, they’re known to be a symbol of rebirth and renewal.
Birth flowers have been around since the beginning of birthday celebrations. If you’re celebrating your loved one’s birthday, consider our Birthday Bouquet & Berries Box which combines a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a box of delectable chocolate dipped fruit.