Flowers surround us during the most pivotal moments of our lives. Weddings are adorned with the rich vibrant colours of a multitude of blossoms, anniversaries are celebrated with roses, and even death is draped with the sober white calla lily. Yes, they are pretty to look at, but did you know flowers are also rich in history and meaning? Each month has been appointed a flower, what does your birth flower symbolize for you?

 

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January – The Carnation

This flower dates back 2000 years and the pink carnation holds the greatest value. It is believed to have flowered from the Virgin Mary’s tears, symbolizing a Mother’s undying love. The word itself comes from the Latin roots “carnis” (flesh) and “incarnacyon” (incarnation) directly referring to the incarnation of God-made-flesh. These flowers come in a multitude of colours and each variation has its own symbolism.

 

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February – The Iris

The Iris earned its name after the Greek goddess Iris, who was believed to have used the rainbow as a bridge between worlds. The rainbow she arrived on was thought to have been made of different coloured irises. The Greeks began planting irises on the graves of women to entice Iris to lead these women to heaven. The blue iris denotes hope and faith, while the purple means royalty, wisdom, and power.

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March – The Daffodil

This flower is synonymous with the beginning of spring. It is the birth of new beginnings and good fortune. Legend says if you are to spot the first daffodil of spring, the next year will be filled with good luck. But be sure to always give these cheery flowers in a bunch, a single daffodil given is a sign of misfortune.

 

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April – The Daisy

An old Celtic legend states that after the death of a child, God would rain daisies upon the earth to cheer up the parents from their grieving. The daisy then became a symbol of innocence and purity.

May – The Lily of the Valley

A symbolism of purity, humility, and sweetness. It is also meant to denote “the return of happiness” which is why it is often seen at weddings. This flower is rich in Christian culture as it is said to be a symbol of Christ’s second coming and thought to have sprung from Eve’s tears after she and Adam were sent from the Garden of Eden.

 

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June – The Rose

A flower most anyone can identify for good reason as culture’s all around the world have such deep history with it. Greeks and Romans associated this flower with the goddesses of love Aphrodite and Venus. The red rose symbolizes passionate love, while the white rose denotes humility and innocence.

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July – The Larkspur

A vibrant purple buttercup flower symbolizing carefree summer days, lightheartedness, and just having fun. In Transylvania, this flower was used to ward off witch from casting spells on livestock, and prior to then, it was used to drive away scorpions.

 

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August – The Gladiolus

It’s named for the shape of its leaves, the Latin word “gladius” meaning sword. The flower symbolizes strength and morality. It is also meant to signify infatuation, a bouquet of them meaning the giver’s heart was pierced with passion.

 

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September – The Aster

Today, they are known as a talisman of love and patience, but in ancient times they were burned to ward off evil serpents. In Greek, it is named after the word, “astéri”, which literally means star and was thought to be an enchanted flower.

 

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October – The Marigold

Also known as the “herb of the sun” with its vibrant yellow colour and round shape. It symbolizes creativity and passion but can also be a symbol of cruelty, grief, and jealousy. The name itself means “Mary’s gold” and is thought to have derived from mourners placing these flowers on Mary’s grave rather than gold coins.

 

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November – The Chrysanthemum

Derived from the Greek words “chrys” (yellow) and “anthemion” (flower), this flower is a symbol of joy and optimism. In Japan, there is an entire festival dedicated to the flower called “The Festival of Happiness”.

 

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December – The Poinsettia

Also known as the “Christmas Star” which comes from a Mexican legend. It is said a young poor boy gathered weeds at the side of the road and placed them by the church as means of a gift on Christmas Eve. The members of the church witnessed a miracle as the weeds turned into brilliant red and green blossoms. The flowers themselves mean good cheer, success, and celebration.

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