The Complete Guide to Birth Flowers
Did you know that each month has a dedicated birth flower just as it has a birth stone? Use our complete guide to birth flowers to gift thoughtful and beautiful blooms to your loved one.
January – Carnation & Snowdrop
The carnation comes in a variety of colours each with a different meaning. Pink means affection, red refers to love and admiration and white represents innocence and pure love. The delicate snowdrop signifies hope and beauty.
February – Violet & Primrose
You may assume that the rose would be the birth flower of February considering Valentine’s Day is in the same month. Instead they are violets, which signify loyalty and faithfulness, and by giving primrose, the second birth flower of February, tells someone you can’t live without them.
March – Daffodil & Jonquil
Coming from the narcissus family, daffodils and jonquils are the first sign of spring and represent unequalled love. Here in the southern hemisphere we will have to wait a little longer for these beauties to pop their heads through the soil.
April – Daisy & Sweet Pea
The lovely daisy and sweet pea are the official birth flowers of April. Daisies represent innocence, loyal love and purity, whilst sweet peas signify blissful pleasure.
May – Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn
The sought-after lily of the valley is the birth flower of May along with hawthorn. The former conveys sweetness, humility and a return to happiness. And the latter represents hope and supreme happiness and when gifted means you want only the best for the recipient.
June – Rose & Honeysuckle
The beautiful rose has many meanings depending on it’s colour. Red signifies love, pink represents perfect love, yellow refers to jealousy and white conveys innocence, purity and new beginnings. If you give only a single rose it is said to amplify it’s meaning! The other birth flower of June is the honeysuckle which represents the everlasting bonds of love.
July – Larkspur & Water Lily
Once again, each colour variation of larkspur conveys a different meaning. Pink suggests fickleness, white signifies happiness and purple represents first love. The water lily on the other hand is a sign for purity and majesty.
August – Gladioli & Poppy
Gladioli rather dramatically indicates the heart is being “pierced with love” due to its sword-like shape. It also represents calm, remembrance, integrity and infatuation. The meaning of poppies differs depending on the colour: red represents pleasure, yellow wishes wealth and success and white is given for consolation.
September – Aster & Morning Glory
Vibrant asters are a symbol for powerful love whilst the equally bright morning glory convey affection. Morning glory live up to their name by blooming early in the morning before curling closed later in the day.
October – Marigold & Cosmos
October’s birth flowers are colourful sun-lovers! Marigold represents optimism and prosperity, while cosmos refer to order and harmony, a meaning taken from its balanced and simple appearance and evenly placed petals.
November – Chrysanthemum
November’s birth flower is an easy one to access all year round no matter where you are in the world! Again, the various colours convey different meanings. Red says “I love you”, white signifies innocence and pure love, and yellow means slighted love. Both the Japanese and Chinese consider “mums” as a powerful emblem of youth and believe that it prevents grey hair. They also suggest that a single petal placed in the bottom of a glass of wine enhances longevity!
December – Narcissus & Holly
Holly, symbolising domestic happiness, had to be included in the month of festivities! Whilst, narcissus (specifically paper white) conveys that you want your beloved to stay just the way they are. Both lovely gifts for December babies!
It must be said that some of these varieties will not be seasonally available in Australia during their birth month, but you can use this guide to gift to loved ones throughout the year. If wanting to gift the specific birth flower during its corresponding month you could also consider giving plants or bulbs should the flower not be in bloom.