Birth Flowers and Birth Stones
Language of Flowers
Did you know that every birth month has a flower and that every flower has a unique meaning and tell a story? In a educational sense, flower characteristics such as appearance, color, and scent, have relevance as gifts, just like birth stones. Find out what meaning your birth flower has!
Who developed the language of flowers?
The language of flowers was developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The language of flowers was introduced to England in the early 18th century by Mary Wortley, Lady Montague, whose husband was Ambassador to Turkey.
In a cultural sense, flower characteristics such as appearance, colors, and scent, have relevance as gifts. It is believed that it were the Romans who started
celebrating birth and birthdays using flowers This was done when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of affection and love during the era when they
were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette.
Below are flowers of the month and their special meanings which are associated with specific months. It would be a helpful guide for gifting flowers for someone’s birthday.
Though this month falls in a cold and gloomy winter season, it seems like an unlikely time for flowers to bloom, but nature has designed flowers which love the extreme weather. The flower associated with the month is Carnation or Snowdrop and is said to symbolize love, fascination and distinction. Carnation, which is also commonly called Gillyflower, is found in a number of colors from pink to purple-red.
Though this month is associated with St. Valentine’s Day and red roses. However, the flower for the month is Violet or Iris. The flower symbolizes faithfulness, humility and chastity. Gifting violets in the Victorian era conveyed the message’ I’ll always be true’. The flower is found in shades of blue, mauve as well as yellow and cream. The other February flower is the primrose, which lets someone know you can't live without them.
This month is synonymous with the onset of spring (in the Northern Hemisphere). Accordingly the flower associated with this month is Daffodil also known as Jonquil or Narcissus. The colors of the bloom include white, yellow and orange. A gift of these flowers conveys the hidden meaning of friendship and happiness.
This month is associated with the Daisy or Sweet Pea which bloom in a wide range of soft colors as well as two tone colors. It is said to symbolize pleasure or good-bye. In the Victorian era, these flowers formed a part of the bouquet which was sent to someone to convey gratefulness.
The month of May is associated with the Lily of the Valley flower. It is generally white in color. The flower conveys sweetness and humility. In the Victorian era, it was gifted to convey the romantic message ‘you have made my life complete’.
The Rose or the Honeysuckle is the flower of this month. Though roses are available in many colors from red to pink to white to yellow, all with their own special meanings, the underlying message the flowers convey is that of love and passion.
The Larkspur, Tulip, or Water Lily is the flower for July. With its simple form, feelings of open heart and ardent attachment are attributed to it.
The flower for this month is the Gladiolus or Poppy. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange. It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.
The Aster or Morning Glory flower is the flower for this month. It is found in a number of colors – pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. The name of the flower which looks like a star is derived from the Greek word for star. The flower symbolizes love, faith, wisdom and color.
The Calendula or Marigold or Cosmos is the flower associated with October. For the Hindus, the month of October is associated with festivals like Dusshera and Diwali and Marigold, an auspicious flower is part of religious ceremonies. However, in the English culture, marigold stands for sorrow and sympathy.
The Chrysanthemum, which stands for cheerfulness and love, is associated with the month of November. According to Feng Shui, Chrysanthemums brings happiness and laughter in the house.
The Holly or Poinsettia or Narcissus or Orchid is woned by December. These flowers symbolize sweetness.
Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs and other "earthly" matters.