You probably know your birth stone and Zodiac sign, but do you know your birth flower? Read on to find out the flower of your birth month and what it means for you!
Where do birth flowers come from?
The Language of Flowers
Although people have been assigning meaning to flowers as far back as ancient Rome, the language of flowers (or floriography) was most popular in the Victorian era. During that time in English history, there was a lot of focus on proper etiquette. In addition to good manners, proper etiquette meant that symbolism was attached to every possible act and object.
That’s how the language of flowers appeared! Each bloom was given a meaning. That way, you could give someone a perfectly put together bouquet that expressed exactly the message you wanted. From there, this language was naturally applied to the months of the year. Flowers were assigned to months based on when they bloom.
What's my Birth Flower?
Ever since the Victorian Era when the language of flowers became popular, people believed that flowers were symbols of different characteristics. The thought was that people born during each month would take on the qualities of the month’s flower.
Like birthstones and astrological signs, birth flowers are meant to give you insight on parts of yourself. Read on to see how your birth flower matches up!Browse the links below to our individual birth month pages.
Birth Flower by Month
January Birth flower - Snowdrop and Carnation
Snowdrops are white, bell-shaped flowers associated with the month of January. Their color signifies purity and innocence. Since snowdrops are the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, they also are a symbol of hope.
Carnations, on the other hand, have different meanings for each color they come in. Pink carnations signify a mother’s love, red true love, and purple impulsiveness. Look out for yellow or striped carnations--they stand for disappointment and regret! Learn more on our January birth flower page!
February Birth flower - Violet and Primrose
Violets appeared in Greek Mythology as symbols of modesty. These sweet-smelling purple blooms have come to symbolise loyalty and faithfulness as well.
Primroses are some of the first flowers to appear after the last frost. Their colorful and delicate petals bring to mind young love and vitality. Give primroses to someone as a sign that you’d be lost without them! Learn more on our February birth flower page!
March Birth flower - Daffodil
Since daffodils (also known as jonquil) are a sign of spring, they stand for new beginnings! These bright perennials also represent faithfulness and prosperity. They’re a sign of unparalleled love. Learn more on our March birth flower page!
April Birth flower - Daisy and Sweet Pea
With their long white petals, daisies represent pure innocence. They’re also a symbol of loyalty in love.
Sweet peas are an omen of blissful pleasure. They also signify a goodbye, maybe because their sweet scent stays with you long after someone is gone! Learn more on our April birth flower page!
May Birth flower - Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn
The dewdrop lily-of-the-valley flowers represent sweetness and humility. They can also signal that happiness is on the way!
The flowers that bloom on hawthorn trees are signs of hope and true happiness. Presenting someone with hawthorns means giving them your best wishes. Learn more on our May birth flower page!
June Birth flower - Rose and Honeysuckle
While most people recognize roses as a symbol of romance, their meanings actually depend on color. Yellow roses represent friendship, orange enthusiasm, pink grace, and white innocence. Red roses--well those are the romantic ones!
Honeysuckle flowers look like long trumpets, and are often where you’ll find hummingbirds. These delicate blooms symbolise everlasting love. Learn more on our June birth flower page!
July Birth flower - Larkspur and Lotus
Larkspur flowers show off their petals in different coloured towers. Pink larkspurs stand for capriciousness, purple are signs of first love, white for happiness, and blue petals convey grace!
Lotus (or water lily) are often found floating on ponds to offer shade to the creatures below the surface. They stand for purity and majesty. Learn more on our July birth flower page!
August Birth flower - Poppy and Gladiolus
Poppies come in different colours, each with its own meaning. Red poppies stand for pleasure, yellow for success, and white for consolation.
Gladiolus is also known as sword lily, maybe because they represent being pierced with love. These soft blooms also symbolise calm and integrity. Learn more on our August birth flower page!
September Birth flower - Aster and Morning Glory
Bright purple asters represent powerful love. They’ve been known as positive symbols throughout time!
Morning glories wake up early to open their blooms to the sun, then curl up later in the day. These colourful flowers are signs of affection. Learn more on our September birth flower page!
October Birth flower - Cosmos and Marigold
Much like their Greek root word, cosmos stand for peace, order, and harmony. These symmetrical flowers seem as well designed as the universe.
The Marigold has conflicting meanings. While these blooms traditionally represent grief, their bright orange colour can also be seen as the sun’s rays shining with positivity. Learn more on our October birth flower page!
November Birth flower - Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum flowers come in different shades. These blooms, which reach their peak in autumn, stand for love (red), purity (white), and unrequited love (yellow). So maybe go for red over yellow? Learn more on our November birth flower page!
December Birth flower - Narcissus and Holly
Paperwhite Narcissus (a type of daffodil that grows in winter), mean hope and wealth. Give these to someone to let them know that they’re the only one, and you want them to stay that way!
Holly represents domestic happiness. With its bright berries and sharp leaves, holly can also be a sign of protection. Learn more on our December birth flower page!
Show off your birth flower!
Now that you’ve learned about this long held tradition, hopefully you’ve identified with what your flower represents. Try keeping one of your birth flowers around the house, to remind yourself of its powerful symbolism. You can now speak in the language of birth flowers!
Or next time your birthday rolls around, celebrate with a bouquet! To harness its powerful qualities, wear a birthflower necklace with your month’s bloom proudly on display. There are lots of ways to show off this part of who you are!