In the same way that we have a unique birthstone associated with each month (garnets for January, amethysts for February, diamonds for those lucky April babies, and so on), we’ve got 12 flowers for each little slice of the calendar year, too. These chosen petals may not be as talked about as our zodiac signs or assigned birthday crystals, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable when it comes to the world of birth month stuff. Plus, with birth flowers proving to be a blooming trend on Etsy this spring with a 69% increase in searches, you can expect to see a lot more of them pretty soon.
So what’s the point of these symbolic blooms, how are they used, and most importantly, which one do you get to call your own? According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the idea behind this botanical tradition is that the characteristics of each monthly flower reflect the potential traits inherited by individuals with birthdays at that time. (Don’t pew pew the messenger!) And while this definitely doesn’t mean all August babies will grow to be tall like a gladiolus, they could embody the qualities of honesty and strength the flower is known to signify.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the roots of your own personality or you’re on the hunt for thoughtful new gift ideas (don’t forget, Mother’s Day is fast approaching, people!), ahead is a guide outlining the birth flowers paired with each month of the year so the next bouquet choice can be your most meaningful one yet.
Calling all you kiddos born right at the dawn of a new year: carnations are your spirit shrub. They are a regal bunch representing love (don’t be surprised to spot lots of them at weddings!) friendship, and admiration.
Shop this Very Berry Carnations bouquet, available on From You Flowers.
The unassuming yet bright violet represents young love, modesty, and virtue — perfect for all you February-born romantics that are thrilled to share a birth month with Valentine’s Day.
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With March comes the dawn of a new season — spring’s promise of rebirth and prosperity, all of which is embodied by the dainty daffodil.
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April babies may associate this month with showers, but it’s also a time for daisies, which represent purity, innocence, and blissful pleasure.
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May: Lily of the Valley
If you were born in May, your birthday bud is even sweeter than birthday cake. Meet the Lily of the Valley, a delicate flower traditionally known to be a return to happiness because it represents all the little things in life that bring us joy.
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As if the children of June weren’t lucky enough to come into this world during a gloriously sun-drenched period of the year, they also get to call the rose their soul flower – and there simply is no flower more romantic than a rose.
Shop this Colorful Rose Mix bouquet, available from The Bouqs Co.
If you’re a generally positive person that’s open to new experiences, you very well might’ve been born in July. Delphiniums symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill, and it’s no accident that this carefully selected perennial blooms in the summer months.
Shop this Tulianna and Alejandra Garces Birth Month Necklace, available on Uncommon Goods.
For an idea of what flower power really looks like, consider the official selection for August. The mighty Gladiolus signifies honesty and strength of personality.
Shop these ‘Acidanthera’ Gladiolus Bulbs, available on Terrain.
The lovely aster stands for the month of September and is traditionally associated with love, elegance, and faith.
Shop this Elizabeth & Amberlee Isabella Birth Month Flower Candle, available on Uncommon Goods.
October, in all its pumpkin-colored glory, is associated with the charming Marigold which, because of its resemblance to the sun, suits the more warm and creative types.
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November’s vibrantly colored, pompom-like chrysanthemum signifies happiness and optimism, which suggests people born in this month are good people to hang around.
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It is absolutely no surprise that December, the festive home of Christmas, is affiliated with traditional holly. The evergreen shrub stands for peace and goodwill — everything the holidays are really about when you look past all the presents and decorations.
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