Flowers are a classy, timeless birthday gift. But long before email, texting, phone calls and social media apps became ubiquitous messaging channels, flowers were an important medium of communication. While there are many different types of flowers you could give a loved one on their birthday, you can make things even more meaningful and intimate by gifting them a birth month flower.
According to floriography – the language of flowers – each month has several or one special flower birthday bouquets should include. They are chosen to convey a unique mood, thought, emotion and message. Here is a guide to the suitability of the different birth month flowers.
Carnations and snowdrops are January’s birth flowers. It takes unique and strong blooming capabilities for a flower to blossom in the cold winter month of January. Carnations are among a select set of flowers that bloom during cold weather as long as temperatures are above freezing.
Like the carnation, snowdrops bloom in the winter as well. When they occur in the wild, snowdrops will cover large swathes of land, making the landscape look as if it is covered in snow; hence their name. Carnations and snowdrops symbolize hope, rebirth, remembrance, love, fascination, admiration and distinction.
While most people associate February with red roses because of Valentine’s Day, the month’s primary flowers are actually violet and primrose. Violet’s purple hue symbolizes faithfulness, virtuosity, modesty, dependability and thoughtfulness.
The primrose is February’s secondary birth flower. This pale yellow perennial has European origins and is edible. The primrose is a symbol of young love and would be an apt gift for a spouse or significant other.
The daffodil is March’s birth flower. With their cheerful demeanor, daffodils are a perfect representative of the beginning of spring. They signify true love and rejuvenation. They also represent the eternal sunshine your loved ones illuminate your life with. Jonquil, a specific variety of daffodil, have diverse colors including orange, white and pale yellow blooms.
Daisies and sweet peas are April’s birth flowers. The daisy is a symbol of innocence, true love, purity and new beginnings. There are five types of daisies with colors ranging from pink to white, all emerging from a bold yellow core. The daisy’s current name originates from a description in Old English, “day’s eye” due to the petals closing at night and reopening in the daytime. Daisies demonstrate undying love.
Sweet peas are famous for their sweet fragrance and can give any room they are placed in an authentic aroma of spring. They signify pleasure and bliss.
The birth flowers of May are lily of the valley and the hawthorn. The lily of the valley has multiple elegant blossoms growing around a single stem. They are white and provide a lively contrast when arranged in a bouquet packed with lush greenery. These flowers symbolize humility, motherhood and sweetness. The lily of the valley is therefore quite fitting for mothers whose birthday falls in May.
Hawthorns are a small pink or white flower that most people will have seen blooming on a bush or plant, rather than neatly arranged in a bouquet. Yet, the hawthorn can be especially breathtaking as a flower gift. Its red berries may serve as fillers in a bouquet by adding rich texture and color.
The birth flowers of June are the rose and honeysuckle. At the start of summer, no other bloom better represents the sweetness and beauty of the season than the rose. The red rose is most popular, but there are more than 100 types of roses. Each type and color of rose has its own meaning, ranging from yellow for friendship and red for passionate love. In general, roses signify love, romance and devotion.
You may never have thought of the honeysuckle as a bloom that could be part of a birthday bouquet. That’s perhaps because you are more likely to have seen it growing on flowering vines or shrubs. Honeysuckle flowers draw butterflies, so have the recipient place the bouquet in their backyard and let them enjoy the sight of the colorful critters who come to find them.
The larkspur and water lily are the birth flowers of July. Larkspurs come in pink, purple, indigo and several other colors. They generally represent love, grace and positivity. However, specific colors have additional meaning. For instance, white larkspurs stand for happiness, while pink ones depict fickleness.
Water lilies are a lotus-like bloom. In some parts of the world, you can find them floating on the water from May through the first week of September. Each flower is in bloom for roughly four days before it submerses below the water. Water lilies represent rebirth and purity.
August birthdays can be celebrated with the gladiolus or the poppy as birth flowers. The gladiolus is a bold bloom found in diverse colors such as white, purple, yellow, orange, pink and red. Thanks to its skinny, elongated shape, some call it sword lily. It stands for strength, sincerity, integrity, character and remembrance.
The poppy is worn around Armistice or Remembrance Day in countries such as France, Canada and the United Kingdom to commemorate those who died in combat. Nevertheless, this bright red flower is also an August birth month flower. It symbolizes imagination and infatuation.
For people born in September, the aster and morning glory are their birth flowers. The aster is also known as the frost flower or starwort. Asters are available in plenty of colors, though are most often found in lilac, mauve, red, white or pink blooms. They represent boundless love, wisdom, affection and royalty.
The morning glory’s petals open up each morning to portray their star-like, beautiful centers. Like asters, the morning glory is a symbol of unrequited love.
If you are going to give someone born in October a birth flower bouquet, then you can choose between the marigold and the cosmos. With the golden blooms blending in with autumn’s leaves, the marigold is a natural choice for birthday bouquets made for the fall. Other than a beauty accessory, marigolds have also been used for treating skin problems and inflammation for generations. They represent creativity, passion, courage and fierce love.
Cosmos flowers come in purple, pink, orange and other bright colors. They draw bees and are thus a valuable flower to attract pollinators to your garden. For birthdays, cosmos represent tranquility and peace.
Sometimes referred to as just mums, the cheery and bright chrysanthemum is the November birth flower. It is a bloom that is available in multiple colors even though red, yellow, white and pink varieties remain the most common. Mums portray honesty, joy, longevity and loyalty but the meanings may vary depending on the specific mum’s color.
For this last month of the year, the birth flowers are the narcissus and holly. Narcissus is, in fact, a genus, with daffodil being the more common name for plants in this group. Their trumpet-like center gives them a distinct appearance. The narcissus signifies wealth, hope, goodwill and faithfulness.
The holly is quite convenient for December given how popular it is during the holidays. It represents defense and protection.
The Right Flower for the Right Time
Flowers speak. Use this guide to get your loved one the birth flower that resonates with that time of their special time of year.