Flowers for Every Birthday

You’ve heard that there are birth stones (precious, semi-precious stones) to celebrate birthdays in each month, but did you know there were birth flowers as well? Here’s a quick handy guide.Carnations in general are an expression of love, fascination,

January: Carnations
Carnations in general are an expression of love, fascination, and distinction. There are several colors of carnations, and traditionally there are specific meanings associated with each color. While some people just pick a color because it’s their favorite, or its on sale, or some other practical reason, it is good it be aware that some stick to the traditional interpretation of the color to a specific meaning. Tell us what you want to say, and we’ll translate for you.

February: Iris, Violet
The iris flower means faith, wisdom, peace of mind, friendship and hope. They can also express admiration and courage. It comes from the Greek word meaning ‘rainbow.’ Iris can be found in a rainbow of colors from pink, blue, lilac, purple to brown, yellow, almost black, and white. (Ironically, there are no true reds.) Like the carnations, specific meanings are conveyed by different colors:

March: Daffodil
Daffodils have the flower meaning of rebirth, rejuvenation, respect, regard and unrequited love. Daffodils are most commonly yellow but you can also find them white, cream, orange and a pinkish tint either in a single or bi-color pattern.Based on its several distinctive forms of the flower, daffodils may be separated into 13 major types or divisions. They are one of the first flowers to make their appearance in early spring and they are one of the most colorful and vigorous flowers of springs. Most daffodil display their trademark golden yellow all over but the trumpet may appear in a contrasting color.

April: Daisy, Peonies
This April birth flower has the flower meaning of simplicity, modesty, innocence, stability, sympathy and cheerfulness. The most common daisies are white but they can also be found in red, yellow, and purple, along with various shades in between. Daisy’s make up arguably the second largest class of flowering plants (almost 10%).

May: Lily, Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley has the flower meaning of humility, chastity, sweetness, purity and is said to bring luck in love. It also means “the return of happiness” which is the reason why it is often used as decorations in weddings. This beautiful and delicate bell-shaped flower commonly comes in white, but it can be found with a pink hue in some, produces sweet berries in September that are 5-7 mm in diameter. This plant has also been used in herbal medicine as a poison antidote, for heart and epilepsy issues. Extreme caution must be used as when these toxins are consumed in large quantities, as the patients have died as a result.

June: Rose
Roses are probably the most recognizable flower of all. The rose is the national flower of England and the United States. They are synonymous with expressing love and appreciation. Lesser known is the fact that they produce an editable fruit called Rose Hips, which is believed to have healing properties. Depending on the color, and the quantity, the meaning can be very different.

July: Delphinium (Larkspur)
The Larkspur is a tall flower (reaching heights of 36-72 inches) and the colors vary including purple, pink, blue, red, yellow, and white. The foliage is lacy and dark green. As dramatically striking this plant is, it is EXTREMELY POISONOUS and can cause death if eaten in large enough quantities. It small amounts, however, it has been used for medicinal purposes to treat certain conditions. Ironically, Larkspur indicates strong bonds of love. Each color variation has a specific meaning:

August: Dahlia, Gladiolis
This flower means remembrance, generosity, sincerity and it also symbolizes strength of character. The Gladiolis, commonly known as the Sword Lily, after its sword-shaped leaves, is a perennial herb which flowers in the middle of the summer (mainly July and August). NOTE: Some parts of the plant are poisonous, if ingested and handling some species may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people.

September: Aster, Forget-Me-Not
Asters have a flower meaning of patience, love, daintiness and good luck. The plants may also be used for their strong medicinal properties. Certain varieties are said to help with migraines, colds and headaches, sciatica and muscle spasms. Asters are known for continuing to thrive in fall, when other flowers are fading away. This easy-to-grow perennial can grow well in average soil, as long as it has full sun. They remind people of a purple daisy.

October | Calendula (aka Marigold)
Contentment, excellence, gratitude and love for nature are characterized by calendula which is the October birth flower. Marigold are consistently good bloomers, performing well all summer long and well into the fall. This flower comes in annual (die in one year) and perennial (live more than 2 years) varieties which gives it great flexibility in a gardening plan. The marigold is considered one of the best flowers because it is not finicky about where they grow and are very rugged. No matter where you plant them, you get a very predicable result: They grow 12-24” high with pale green leaves and produce yellow, lemon and orange colored flowers on long stems.

November: Chrysanthemum
The chrysanthemum, or simply “mums”, means compassion, cheerfulness, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth, friendship and secret love. Chrysanthemums are the national flower of Japan. It is known for its medicinal properties, and various parts of the mum are used in eastern medicine. There is no simple, single description – in fact, there are nine categories of types of mums.

December: Poinsettia, Holly, Narcissus, Paperwhite
Today, in the language of flowers, this December birth flower symbolizes success and good cheer and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration. The Poinsettia was named after the first ambassador of US to Mexico, Dr. Joel Robert Poinsettia who introduced the plant to the United States in 1825. Today, the Poinsettia is as integral to the Christmas celebration as the Christmas tree.