A guide to birth month flower meanings and choosing a thoughtful gift
Did you know that in addition to birthstones and zodiac signs, each month of the year has its own flower? Typically, the flower chosen for each month ties to the season when it blooms. Each one is different and symbolises the unique qualities and characteristics of those born during that month.
It’s very useful to know the meanings of birth flowers when selecting a gift as they can make the sentiment more thoughtful and meaningful. They are a great way to mark an occasion from birthdays to anniversaries, marriages, new babies and housewarmings.
Ever wondered what your own birth flower is? Or what your friends and family are? In this post I share the meanings and gift occasions for each month’s flower.
JANUARY – CARNATION
Meaning: Devotion, Loyalty and Love
These colourful blooms mainly symbolise devotion, love and loyalty. As they are able to bloom in cold months and continue to thrive throughout the summer, they are also a symbol of perseverance.
They suggest those who are born in January love deeply and passionately and are an extremely loyal and protective friend.
Gifting: Carnations make the perfect gift for a January Birthday, new baby and are also very popular for Mother’s Day. They are also the official flower for 1st Wedding Anniversaries.
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FEBURARY – VIOLET
Meaning: Faithfulness, Humility and Wisdom
These vibrant flowers symbolise faithfulness, humility and spiritual wisdom.
They suggest those born in February are generally moralistic and good, honest people.
Gifting: Violets make the perfect gift for a February Birthday, new baby and are also very popular for Valentines Day due to their heart-shaped petals. They are also the flower associated with 50th Wedding Anniversaries.
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MARCH - DAFFODIL
Meaning: Inspiration, Renewal and Creativity
These bright flowers are one of the most famous symbols of spring, the season of renewal and rebirth.
They suggest those born in March are happy, cheerful and optimistic people who can easily brighten someone's day.
Gifting: Daffodils make the perfect gift for a March Birthday, new baby and are also very popular for Easter. They are also the flower associated with 10th Wedding Anniversaries.
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APRIL - DAISY
Meaning: Purity, Love and Innocence
These delicate little flowers are symbols of love, innocence and purity. They are also known to symbolise childbirth, motherhood and new beginnings.
They suggest that those born in April are loyal and have kind hearts.
Gifting: Daisies make the perfect gift for an April Birthday and are great for mothers welcoming a new baby. They are also the flower associated with 5th Wedding Anniversaries.
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MAY - LILY OF THE VALLEY
Meaning: Humility, Sweetness and Happiness
These elegant woodland blossoms are known to represent motherhood, humility, sweetness, and purity. They also signifiy a return to happiness.
They suggest that those born in May are gentle and loving.
Gifting: Lily of the Valley flowers make a great gift for a May Birthday or a new baby. The flowers are also popular among brides so would make a lovely wedding present for those tying the knot in May. They are also the flower associated with 2nd Wedding Anniversaries.
JUNE - ROSE
Meaning: Beauty, Love and Glory
These beautiful summer blooms have been a popular symbol of love and admiration throughout the centuries. Different colours represent different types of love, for example red roses for romance and yellow for friendship.
They suggest those born in June are true romantics, playful, and always try to stay positive.
Gifting: Roses make a great gift for a June Birthday, new baby and are also very popular for Valentine’s day or Wedding Anniversaries.
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JULY - LARKSPUR
Meaning: Grace, Dignity and Positivity
This classic wild flower is associated with dignity and positivity. A blue larkspur flower is symbolic of grace and respectability, whereas a white larkspur symbolises happiness and joy.
They suggest those born in July are funny and have very open, welcoming and loving hearts.
Gifting: Larkspur make the perfect present for a July Birthday or a new baby. They also make great gifts for housewarmings and other celebrations where you wish to bring positive energy to the occasion.
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AUGUST - GLADIOLUS
Meaning: Strength, Honesty and Integrity
These bold, sword-like blooms are symbolic of strength, honour, moral integrity and honesty.
They suggest those born in August are strong and independent characters with generous hearts.
Gifting: Gladiolus flowers make the perfect present for an August Birthday or a new baby. They are also the flower associated with 40th Wedding Anniversaries.
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SEPTEMBER - ASTER
Meaning: Love, Wisdom and Faith
These dainty, star-like flowers are a symbol of all-powerful love, faith, achievement and wisdom.
They suggest those born in September are charming, high achieving individuals who are often great listeners.
Gifting: Aster flowers make the perfect gift for a September Birthday or a new baby. They are also the flower associated with 20th Wedding Anniversaries.
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OCTOBER - MARIGOLD
Meaning: Passion, Creativity and Warmth
These sunny bursts symbolise determination due to their sturdiness, and because of their bright, colourful nature, they also symbolise warmth and creativity.
They suggest those born in October are warm and friendly as well as passionate and driven.
Gifting: Marigold flowers make the perfect gift for a October Birthday or a new baby. They are also great housewarming gifts to help fill a new space with warmth.
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NOVEMBER - CHRYSANTHEMUM
Meaning: Honesty, Loyalty and Luck
These bright and cheery blooms commonly symbolise loyalty, trust and honesty, which is also why they are often associated with friendship.
They suggest those born in November are honest, kind and compassionate.
Gifting: Chrysanthemum flowers make the perfect gift for a November Birthday or a new baby. They also make great housewarming gifts as they are thought to bring good luck and joy into the home. They are also the flower associated with 13th Wedding Anniversaries.
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DECEMBER - HOLLY
Meaning: Joy, Peace and Goodwill
This joyful and festive plant is strongly associated with good fortune, protection, peace and merriment. Its evergreen nature also means is symbolises everlasting life, friendship and love.
They suggest those born in December are fiercely protective of the ones they love and are typically jolly characters.
Gifting: Holly makes the perfect gift for December Birthdays or a new baby. It is also perfect as a Christmas gift, or for a couple who are celebrating a festive Wedding or Anniversary.
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Looking for a birth flower gift?
Whereas fresh flowers are a lovely gift, they don’t last. Instead, why not give an art print that your friends and family can cherish for years. Check out our range of eco-friendly, illustrated birth flowers here.