Birth Flower for May
‘Birth flower’ was a concept introduced in the 18th century as part of a new “language of flowers.” Each month of the year is represented by a flower or two that come along with special meanings.
Like birthstones, birth flowers portray characteristics that supposedly appear in people born in that particular month.
The month of May has two birth flowers: hawthorns and lily of the valley.
May Birthflower - Hawthorn
Hawthorn bloom on a tree with small white or pink flowers. They are dainty blossoms that crop up in groups.
In Celtic mythology, hawthorn trees are sacred and symbolise protection. This type of tree is also known for its longevity, as it can live for over 400 years!
Hawthorn flowers have various meanings attached to them, including hope and happiness. This flower is also a symbol of love and beauty
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. Romance is the most common quality associated with lily of the valley.
This May birth flower can also symbolise good luck and happiness and is often displayed during celebrations. Many believe that the bell shape of lily of the valley helps to drive away evil spirits!
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, what could be a better gift than a birth flower necklace?
May’s birth flower pendant has been made from a flower petal that is stylishly cast in silver. It has been paired with a sweet little green gemstone that corresponds to the birthstone for May.
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.
|Month||Flower 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 Birthflower||Primroses are associated with young love and vitality. Violets symbolise loyalty & faithfulness.|
|March Birthflower||The daffodil (also the jonquil) stands for happiness, friendships and new beginnings.|
|April Birthflower||A daisy is associated with purity, innocence and true love. Sweet Pea's bring to mind blissful pleasure|
|May Birthflower||The Lily-of-the-valley has a meaning of humility and sweetness. The hawthorn flower is associated with happiness.|
|June Birthflower||The rose is a sign of passion and love. Honeysuckle stands for everlasting love.|
|July Birthflower||Larkspur represents an open heart and positivity. The lotus / water lily is deeply spiritual and signifies patience and purity.|
|August Birthflower||Gladiolus symbolises strength of character. The poppy represents pleasure and success.|
|September Birthflower||The Aster brings to mind wisdom, faith & powerful love.|
|October Birthflower||A 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 Birthflower||A red chrysanthemum signifies love and loyalty.|
|December Birthflower||Narcissus mean hope & wealth. Holly stands for happiness and protection.|