Birth Flower for May

Introduced in the 18th century, birthflowers are flowers that are associated with a particular month of the year.   Birth flowers have been assigned through the language of flowers, and each flower has a special meaning.

Similar to birth stones, birth flowers can portray characteristics that can be seen in those born in the particular month.

The month of May has two birth flowers — hawthorns and lily of the valley.

Birth Flower May

May Birthflower - Hawthorn

Hawthorns usually bloom on a plant or bush, with small white or pink flowers. They are small and dainty, blossoming in groups.

In Celtic mythology, hawthorn trees are known as one of the most sacred trees, symbolising protection. These trees are also known for its longevity, as it can love for over 400 years.

Hawthorns have various meanings attached, including hope and happiness.   This flower is also a symbol of love and beauty.

Birth Flower May
Birth Flower of May

Lily of the Valley - Birth Flower May

The other birth flower of May is the lily-of-the-valley. This is a sweet-scented plant with white bell-shaped flowers. There are various meanings associated with this flower, with the most common being a symbol of romance.

The lily of the valley can also symbolise good luck and happiness, and often displayed during celebrations. The shape of the flower also holds significance — it is noted that the bell shape helps to drive evil spirits away!

May Birth flower
May Birthflower

Birth Flower of May Gift Ideas

Flowers are popular gifts suitable for any occasion.  If you have a loved one who is fond of flowers, why not choose a birthflower necklace to show your love for them?

May’s birthflower pendant has been made from a flower petal before being cast in silver.   It has been paired with a sweet little emerald gemstone that corresponds to the birth month.

This birth flower necklace makes a perfect gift thoughtful for someone who is born in May.   

Birth Flower Chart - Birth Flower by Month

Click on the months below to read more about birthflowers.

MonthFlower Meaning and Symbolism
January Birthflower
The carnation has a meaning of love and affection. The snow drop is a symbol of hope, innocence & purity.
February BirthflowerPrimroses are associated with young love and vitality.  Violets symbolise loyalty & faithfulness.
March BirthflowerThe daffodil (also the jonquil) stands for happiness, friendships and new beginnings.
April BirthflowerA daisy is associated with purity, innocence and true love. Sweet Pea's bring to mind blissful pleasure
May BirthflowerThe Lily-of-the-valley has a meaning of humility and sweetness. The hawthorn flower is associated with happiness.
June BirthflowerThe rose is a sign of passion and love.  Honeysuckle stands for everlasting love.
July BirthflowerLarkspur represents an open heart and positivity.  The lotus / water lily is deeply spiritual and signifies patience and purity.
August BirthflowerGladiolus symbolises strength of character.  The poppy represents pleasure and success.
September BirthflowerThe Aster brings to mind wisdom, faith & powerful love.
October BirthflowerA marigold has a meaning of creativity and passion. Marigolds can also be used to symbolise grief and despair over losing a loved one. Cosmos represent peace and harmony.
November BirthflowerA red chrysanthemum signifies love and loyalty.
December BirthflowerNarcissus mean hope & wealth.  Holly stands for happiness and protection.