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Your Birth Month Flowers and What They Mean

Flowers are one of the most beautiful presents that can be given to anyone. It’s a thoughtful gift that brings so much colour, beauty, and symbolism into everyday life. So much so that they’ve become a staple of birthday, anniversary, and special occasion gifts.

It’s of no surprise then, that people used flowers to communicate long before email, texting, instant messaging, and even phone calls.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, floriography (flower language) soared in popularity in Victorian England. This was a way for Victorians to communicate and express feelings that could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.

Despite the fact that we now have more means to communicate, the messages conveyed through flowers remain as valuable as they have always been. Gifting birth flowers will surely make the receiver feel extra special as it is rich in meaning.

Not sure which blooms correspond with which months?

Join Flower Cart as we review the birth flowers for each month and their respective meanings.

Birth Flowers & Their Meanings

Here is a simple guide to get you started:

birth month flowers

January: Carnation & Snowdrop

January’s birth flowers are carnations and snowdrops.

green carnations in a vase

Carnations, the most popular January birth flower, come in nearly every colour of the rainbow, including purple, red, yellow, and even green!

However, don’t let the delicate appearance of carnations fool you. They are hardy flowers that can grow in harsh conditions, even during the cold winter months in seasonal countries.

Carnations represent awe, affection, and remembrance – perfect for persevering January babies. In a bouquet, these lovely blossoms work well as a filler flower or as the main theme.

snowdrop january's birth flowers-min

The snowdrop is January’s secondary birth flower. In the wild, snowdrops bloom in large patches and resemble a snow-covered field. These flowers represent renewal and hope, which is especially appropriate for the first month of the year.

However, do note that in different cultures, snowdrops are considered bad luck as they often grow in cemeteries and churchyards.

For a similarly shaped flowers try orchids instead!

They don’t come with the negative connotations of snowdrops and are sold by most florists in Singapore.

February: Violet & Primrose

february birth flowers are violets-min

While many people associate February with red roses because of Valentine’s Day, the violet takes the spot of February’s birth flower instead.

Violets are thought to represent virtue, modesty, and humility. This birth flower is most known for its blue-purple colour, although the species also come in yellow, blue, and cream.

Around for millennia, these flowers have been used to express faithfulness and love throughout human history.

  • • During ancient times in Greece, many people incorporated violets into love potions.
  • • In the Victorian era, a gift of violets was a declaration of faithfulness.

Today, violets still serve as a lovely reminder of devotion, thoughtfulness, and reliability, making it a thoughtful gift for the emotionally sensitive people born in February.

february birth flowers are also primroses-min

The primrose, a pale yellow perennial with European origins, is another bloom commonly cited as February’s birth flower.

Its name is derived from the Latin word “primus”, meaning “early” or “first”, acknowledging that the primrose is the first flower to blossom in spring. As for this birth flower meaning, primroses are associated with youth, young love, and eternal life, making them suitable as a gift for your significant other.

Did you know that primroses are also edible?

Consider yellow icing and a few primroses for decoration if you’re creating a birthday cake for a friend or family member born in February.

March: Daffodil

Daffodil

Next, daffodils are the March birth flower.

These cheerful yellow flowers represent unrivalled love, new beginnings and serve as a life-affirming emblem. A symbol of happiness and hope as well, daffodils are a reminder that life is wonderful as long as you have loved ones in your life.

March babies are thought to be upbeat and cheerful, making daffodils the natural choice for March’s birth flower.

It may be difficult to find daffodils in Singapore, so we recommend ranunculus flowers for that bright pop of yellow and flared-out look instead!

April: Daisy & Sweet Pea

daisies are april's birth month flowers-min

The daisy and sweet pea are the April birth flowers.

There are five popular types of daisies, each with a bright yellow centre and petals varying across the rainbow. In fact, gerbera daisies with their dramatic stalks, are one of the most popular flowers today.

The lovely daisy is a sign of innocence, new beginnings, and pure love. It’s the birth flower of anybody born in April, and it’s a lovely addition to a spring bouquet!

Blooming sweet pea bouquet in vase with water

Sweet peas are a symbol of happiness. They add a splash of colour to gardens and bouquets, symbolising delicate, exquisite delight.

Furthermore, sweet peas have an amazing scent and are a terrific way to make your home smell like spring!

On the other end, sweet peas are also used to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful time, serving as an ideal departure gift.

May: Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn

Lily of the Valley Flowers in Bloom

The lily of the valley is May’s primary birth flower, bearing a cluster of tiny flowers on a single stem with a pleasant scent. These lilies are also commonly known as May bells because they bloom in May.

In bouquets, the white, delicate petals are commonly combined with lush greenery to contrast the wildflower-like aesthetic.

The lily of the valley represents motherhood, humility, and gentleness. They’d make a wonderful birthday present for your mother!

They are also a staple in bridal bouquets for the same reasons.

hawthorn as may's birth flower

Hawthorn, often known as a May tree, has exquisite pink or white blossoms that are rich in meaning and symbolism, especially in Irish tradition.

As May’s birth flowers, they represent love and protection for everything in your environment, as well as hope and happiness.

Hawthorn’s crimson berries are also occasionally used as fillers in bouquets to provide colour and texture. These fruits represent fertility.

For the same delicate aesthetic of these two flowers, a more common bloom in Singapore would be baby’s breaths. Furthermore, they come in a wide variety of colours, providing more flexibility for your customised bouquet.

June: Rose & Honeysuckle

Assorted Roses - may birth flowers

Roses finally make an appearance as the primary June birth flowers!

The rose remains a favourite amongst florists due to its spectrum of colours and hundreds of varieties. Roses have always been prized for their graceful, classic beauty.

Generally, the rose is a symbol of dedication and love, but each colour has its own meaning:

  • • Yellow roses stand as a symbol of friendship
  • • Pink roses represent perfect happiness
  • • White roses are innocence or purity

 

honeysuckles are may birth month flowers

Honeysuckle blooms grow on shrubs or flowering vines and are not commonly used in bouquets, so you may not be familiar with them. Nevertheless, if you appreciate these colourful birth flowers, try gifting that special July baby in your life a honeysuckle plant instead.

Honeysuckle flowers are prized for their fragrant yellow, pink, or white blooms. They are regarded as a symbol of pure joy, love, and sweetness.

The blossoms are produced by climbing vines that are known for their tenacity, and they represent dedication and everlasting relationships.

As honeysuckle is not native to Singapore, it may be hard to get these in a bouquet. Try alstroemeria flowers instead for a similar complex beauty!

July: Larkspur & Water Lily

july birth flower

The larkspur and water lily are the July birth flowers.

Larkspurs are available in a variety of vivid colours, including blue, purple, and pink. Generally, larkspur are associated with elegance, dignity and optimism., as well as a loving heart.

Similar to roses, larkspur flowers have different meanings depending on their colour, so be careful not to gift the wrong colour!

Larkspur is definitely hard to come by – most florists in Singapore don’t stock this bloom. If you’re extremely partial to the look of delicate, clustered blossoms, you’ll love hydrangeas as a replacement!

july birth flowers

Water lilies are not a type of lily, despite its name implying otherwise. Instead, water lilies are lotus-like flowers.

They are thought to represent purity or rebirth. The symbolism of these lovely freshwater plants is derived from Hindu and Buddhist cultures; the way the flowers emerge from the muck is symbolic of rebirth and enlightenment.

August: Gladiolus & Poppy

gladiolus are the august birth flowers

Gladiolus represent one of the August birth flowers.

Because of its long, pointed shape, the gladiolus is also known as the sword lily. It comes in a variety of colours, including red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and white.

This flower symbolizes character strength, recollection, and sincerity.

Red Poppy Flowers - august birth flower

The secondary birth month flowers for August are poppies.

The poppy has a variety of meanings around the world. Thought to offer calming, healing properties since ancient times, they now are a symbol of relaxation and recovery.

In recent history, red poppies are also a sign of remembrance for WW1 as well as hope for a peaceful future.

September: Aster & Morning Glory

september's birth month flowers are asters

The aster and morning glory are the September birth flowers.

The name aster comes from its star-like shape, after the Greek word for stars. They are also known as starworts or frost flowers.

According to Greek mythology, the goddess Astraea once wept over a dark sky with too few stars to brighten the night. When her tears dropped to the ground, the star-shaped asters blossomed.

These delicate blossoms stand for love, knowledge, bravery, and wisdom.

Asters come in a variety of colours, but the most common are pink, white, red, mauve, and lilac blossoms.

Morning Glory is a september birth flower

Morning glory flowers get their name from the bell-shaped blossoms that only endure one day.

This flower symbolizes how September newborns are kind, humble, and spontaneous people. They are a symbol of love, affection, and the essence of life.

Admittedly, morning glories are not a suitable flower to place in a bouquet. If you want some purple in your bouquet with a similar flared shape to the morning glory, try eustomas instead.

October

Marigold Flowers the october birth flowers

The marigold is the traditional birth flower for October.

The rich, spicy scent of these golden blooms is well-known. Marigolds are one of autumn’s hardiest flowers, and as a result, they’re thought to symbolise tenacity and desire to achieve.

While the marigold is most known for its striking orange colour, the October birth flower also comes in white and yellow. Native to the Mediterranean, the marigold is a birth flower that also represents creativity, passion, and courage.

October babies are fighters – a gift of marigold shows you acknowledge their strength and passion.

cosmos

The other birth flower for October is another aromatic bloom, the cosmos. They come in a variety of vibrant colours, including orange, pink, and purple.

The brilliant blooms are a sign of calm and tranquillity.

They’re also a popular flower for expressing love, which is why the 2nd wedding anniversary is associated with the cosmos. In this scenario, they represent sincerity, loyalty, and unending love.

November

a bouquet of bright chrysanthemums for november birth month flowers

The bright and cheerful chrysanthemum is the sole November birth flower.

This November birth flower comes in a variety of sizes and hues. You’ve probably come across the more common varieties here in Singapore: pink, white, yellow, and red.

Longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism are all symbols of chrysanthemums. Other key meanings are also represented by different hues.

  • • Red chrysanthemums are a symbol of profound love and passion.
  • • Yellow chrysanthemums represent unrequited love or grief.
  • • White chrysanthemums symbolise faithfulness and honesty.
  • • Violet chrysanthemums represent a desire to recover.

However, in Singapore, chrysanthemums are flowers more widely associated with funerals and as condolence flowers.

Why not try peonies or poms instead?

They mimic the look of chrysanthemums with their mass of petals, and come in an array of colours as well!

December

narcissus december birth flowers

The narcissus is a birth flower that represents good wishes, hope, and fortune.

However, the ancient Greeks associated this flower with vanity due to the Narcissus myth.

When Liriope gave birth to the handsome Narcissus, she consulted a seer who predicted that the boy would live a long life only if he never discovered himself.

Many years after that, Narcissus grew to become a hunter. Once, when he was thirsty and headed to a pool. There, he saw his own reflection and fell deeply in love with it. Unable to leave the allure of his image, he died at the waterside, turning into a gold and white flower.

For that, they also represent fresh starts, rebirth, and renewal nowadays. Because of their propensity to bloom year after year, these blossoms are symbolic of faithfulness too.

If finding narcissus flowers are hard, try our tulips instead.

You may wonder: how does the bud shaped flower compare to the open-faced narcissus?

In Singapore, our tropical climate allows tulips to bloom, unfurling to create a similar open look to narcissus. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

december birth flower

Holly bushes and their blossoms are typically connected with Christmas and the festive season, making them the ideal plant for December newborns. This birth flower meaning is defence and protection.

With its evergreen leaves, holly has been associated with life for generations. It represents friendship and faithful love in a wreath.

Give a wreath instead of a typical bouquet to help the recipient celebrate their birthday all month!

Get Your Birthday Bouquets at Flowercart.sg!

Now that you know the birth flower for each month of the year, you’ll have no trouble picking out a bouquet with special meaning for your loved ones!

These flowers are ideal for including in a birth flower bouquet to show your appreciation for a friend or family member.

The additional consideration you put into buying them a specific birth flower for their special day will be noticed, and it will be a terrific topic of conversation at their birthday celebration!

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