Birth Flowers

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Birth flowers are available for each month. From Chrysanthemum to Roses there is one for everyone’s birthday.

January: Carnation

The birth flowers for January are Carnations. The carnation represents pride, beauty, gratitude and admiration. These winter birth flowers are both beautiful and colorful. Carnations are flowers that come from the word in Greek for coronation “corone” and means “flower of the gods. The Latin word is Dianthus and Spain each year holds a national festival. The carnation is also the principal flower in many religious festivals.

February: Iris

Iris’ are for February. Its rainbow of colors gives this flower its name in the Latin and dates back to Ancient Greece, where Iris was thought to be the link between Olympus and the earth.

March: Daffodil

The birth flowers for March are Daffodils. They are native to the area around the Mediterranean Sea, and from there were transported to the ends of the globe. These spring birth flowers are associated with new and the rebirth of life, as well as joy and happiness.

April: Daisy

The birth flowers for April are the bright and large daisies. Of course, daisies are associated with innocence and purity as seen in many pictures and are always a joy to see in any bouquet. The meaning of these flowers is hope, love with purity and glad meetings.

May: Lily of the Valley

The flowers for May are the lovely Lilly’s of the Valley. The true name for this flower is “Majalis” which means “that which is of May”. The fragrant and delicate blooms of these birth flowers always add to any wedding or bridal arrangement. The meaning of the lilly is life, happiness and honor.

June: Rose

The birth flowers for June are Roses. This most coveted of flowers, according to Greek mythology; they speak of love and passion. The colors of the rose represent different things and as there are shades of the rainbow, so are there colors of the rose.

July: Delphinium or Larkspar

The flowers for July are the blue hued delphiniums. These flowers also come in other colors and are thought to have the power to ward off witches. It is also has medicinal attributes and the meaning of this flower’s name is of fickleness and beauty of spirit.

August: Gladiolus

The birth flowers for August are the Gladiolus. With a name that derives from the ancient name for “Gladiator” it could only mean a sword. These flowers are said to symbolize a love that has pierced a heart.

September: Aster

The birth flowers of September are the Asters. The remembrance of those who have passed away is signified in this flower with many a tomb and grave of a fallen soldier having been decorated with it. The meaning of Aster is to pause and reflect contentment and unpredictability.

October: Marigold

The birth flowers for October are marigolds. They are also known as the Calendula and this flower derive its name from an ancient Christian tradition of “Mary’s Gold”. The meaning of this flower is one of sacredness, grace and well wishing.

November: Chrysanthemum

The birth flowers for November are Chrysanthemums. Also known as Mums, they are celebrated by the Japanese as well as Chinese for different reasons. The Japanese attribute it to their emperor and the Chinese used in traditional medicines. The Chrysanthemum meaning is of cheerfulness, rest and secret admiration.

December: Narcissus

For December the flower is the Narcissus which stems from the story of the youth Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool and was turned into a flower by Apollo. The Narcissus has a unique fragrance which is love by some and disliked by others. The meaning of the Narcissus is remaining pure and sweet, peace and formality.

So there you have the definitions and a brief history of the birth flowers. So, the next time you are looking for the right gift, you know exactly what to give as a present.

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Jay Dungee

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This article was published on 2010/12/20