Flowers for the Month of Birth

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Flowers are another way to identify and signify the month of a person's birth. Each birth month flower carries different meanings. For instance, chrysanthemum is the flower for November birthdays, but its meaning changes based on its color or place in the world. For instance, in China chrysanthemums signify a life of ease. Violet chrysanthemums transfer merry wishes for wellness, while yellow ones are a traditional way to nonverbally decline amorous advances. Send a birthday celebrant a memorable and personalized gift with a bouquet of flowers for their month of birth.

January, February and March

  • The snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is the floral emblem for individuals with a January birthday. This hardy perennial flowers in mid- to late winter and produces wide, brilliantly white, six-petaled, ground-facing blossoms.

    The flower for birthdays in February is the lilac-colored, five-petaled violet (Violaceae), which shares a similar hue to amethyst, the February birth stone. Violets contain ketone, a compound that temporarily renders the nasal receptors incapable of detecting odor.

    The daffodil (Narcissus) is the floral ambassador for March birthdays and is also synonymous with spring. Present a March birthday celebrant with a bouquet of daffodils, a gift said to ensure happiness.

April, May and June

  • The daisy (Bellis perennis) is the flower for the April month of birth. Daisies come in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow and purple. Blossoms span 2 to 3 cm in diameter from petal to petal and symbolize loyalty and pure intentions.

    The flower for May birthdays is the European native lily of the valley (Convallaria magalis).

    Send a June birthday celebrant a boquet of light blue-, white- or cream-colored roses, the flower for the June. The rose is also the official national floral emblem for both the United States and England.

July, August and September

  • Delphinium, more commonly known as Larkspur, is the flower for July birthday celebrants. Larkspur produces striking green, red and blue-violet flowers borne on a terminal stem. Larkspur is poisonous and causes a variety of serious symptoms; among them are cardiac arrhythmia, seizures and death by respiratory paralysis.

    The South American gladiola represents the August month of birth. Gladiolas grow best in nutrient-rich, soft, moist soil and plenty of shade. They represent a variety of admirable qualities including strength of character, grace and generosity, among others.

    Asters are a perfect gift for a September birthday celebrant. This ornate daisy-like wildflower is a talisman of love and also signifies patience.

October, November and December

  • The healing calendula flower signifies October birthdays. This multipetaled, multilayered bloom offers anti-inflammatory and astringent properties useful in the treatment of skin problems. Calendula is also a symbol for happiness and humility.

    Give a November birthday celebrant a bouquet of dark blue, red, white, pink and yellow chrysanthemums to florally convey that she is a wonderful friend. Chrysanthemum is the official floral emblem of Chicago and a symbol of happiness in Japan.

    The jonquil (Narcissus jonquilla) closes out the year as the flower for the December month of birth. Jonquil features a fluted, golden center surrounded by a cluster of bright-white petals. This ornate flower is poisonous; humans and animals who ingest jonquils may experience fatal poisoning.

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