Did you know that each month is associated with its own unique flower? Some months even have two birth flowers. There is rich symbolism behind each flower and an interesting explanation for why it is associated with its specific month, to boot. Find yours below:
Carnation – the carnation is associated with fascination and purity, making it a fitting bloom for ringing in the new year. It is also symbolic of pride, beauty and love. Snowdrop is the other January flower, also symbolizing purity and beauty, as well as devotion.
Violet – the violet, another early-month flower, signifies faithfulness and hope, as well as wisdom and modesty. Primrose is also associated with February births and symbolizes young love.
Daffodil – harkening in the end of winter, the Daffodil is symbolic of rebirth and rejuvenation, as well as warm regard and respect. It can also symbolize unrequited love and, when given as a single stalk, can spell future misfortune. So, be careful to give daffodils in bunches as this is symbolic of good luck in the future.
Sweet Pea – This spring flower is associated with modesty, simplicity and blissful pleasure. Daisies are also April birth flowers and signify innocence, youth and purity and loyal love. Both flowers convey a sense of newness, so it is no mystery why they are associated with this early spring month.
Lily of the Valley – With its delicate white bell-shaped flowers, the Lily of the Valley is associated with humility, sweetness, chastity and a return to happiness. In Christian lore, it is associated with Christ’s second coming. Hawthorn, fittingly for late spring, is associated with fertility.
Rose – Roses carry a message of love and appreciation, the “flowering of love,” just in time for the fullness and richness of life that is associated with this time of year. Honeysuckle is the other June birth flower and symbolizes devoted love.
Delphinium – Delphinium, or Larkspur, is the July birth flower and is symbolic of levity and laughter, and may remind us of the carefree days of summer. It can also be associated with fickleness, perhaps echoing the weather extremes of midsummer. Water lily is also a July birth flower and signifies purity of heart.
Gladiolus – The gladiolus symbolizes sincerity, moral integrity and strength of character, and sets a more solemn tone as we plunge into early fall. The poppy is the other August flower, signifying remembrance and oblivion.
Aster – the Aster is a symbol of daintiness, patience and remembrance, but also of powerful love. Forget-me-not, another symbol of remembrance, and Morning Glory, signifying love and affection, are other September birth flowers.
Marigold – A symbol of fierce, undying love and also of joy and affection, the marigold may be associated with October more for its rich orangey colors which echo the changing colors of the leaves. Cosmos are also October birth flowers and are said to convey peacefulness, orderliness, modesty and deep love.
Chrysanthemum – The Chrysanthemum symbolizes friendship, compassion and secret love. It can also symbolize wealth and abundance, reminiscent of winter feasts during the holiday season.
Narcissus – The December birth flower conveys the message “stay as you are” to the recipient, it also symbolizes respect, faithfulness and the sentiment that the recipient of this flower is “the only one”. In the U.S., Holly is the other December birth flower, symbolizing a desire for domestic happiness and also defense, foresight and self-esteem.