For many individuals receiving flowers is a wonderful gift due to their symbolic significance.  Yes, a gorgeous bouquet brightens any room, but the true beauty of the flowers lies in knowing that someone cares.  A great way to make any bouquet even more thoughtful is to choose flowers based on their meaning.  Every individual is different and deserves their own unique bouquet, but an excellent place to start is with the recipient’s birth month flower.  By starting with the birth month flower, individuals immediately imbue the bouquet with meaning and demonstrate their thoughtfulness by remembering the recipient’s birthday.  Here are all twelve birth month flowers and meanings.

January – The Carnation

Due to the fact that they are relatively inexpensive, there is an unjustified stigma against carnations as being inferior to roses.  The truth is that Greeks and Romans specially cultivated the carnation for its beauty and instead called carnations “dianthus,” meaning “Flowers of the Gods.”  Each carnation color has a different meaning, they are:

White – Pure Love

Light Red – Admiration

Dark Red – Passionate love and affection

Purple – Capriciousness (Impulsiveness, Unpredictability)

Pink – Undying love (Particularly that of a mother to a child)

February – The Violet

The violet is a symbol of kept promises, faithfulness, and commitment.  In medieval times, the violet was a symbol of healing and protection against agent spirits.  Ancient Romans used violets to adorn crypts as a symbol of mourning and peaceful passing.

March – The Daffodil

Synonymous with spring and new beginnings, the daffodil is also a symbol of love stating, “You’re the only one for me.”

April – The Daisy

Daisies are universally regarded as a symbol of innocence, but they also represent purity and loyalty in love.  The Catholic Church revered the daisy as a symbol of inner sanctity, and view the daisy as the Virgin Mary’s flower.

May – The Lily of The Valley

Traditionally the lily of the valley represents the return of happiness, and, in ancient times, children would pick them for good luck in love.  In bridal bouquets, the lily of the valley represents purity and modesty.

June – The Rose

The most popular flower in the world, the rose is an indelible symbol of love.  While any rose can represent love, each rose color has a more specific meaning and they are:

Burgundy – Unconscious Love

Deep Red – Bashful Love

Pink – Perfect Happiness

White – Pure Love, Reverence

Yellow – Friendship, Joy

July – The Larkspur

Larkspurs represent a pure heart and enthusiastic interest or attachment.  Different colors of larkspurs have more specific meanings and they are:

White – Happiness

Pink – Fickleness

Light Purple – Sweetness, First Love

August – The Gladiolus

The gladiolus is named for the shape of its leaves, deriving from the word “gladius,” which was not only the sword of Roman soldiers but literally translates to “sword” in Latin.  Due to this the gladiolus represents strength of character, integrity, and a pure heart.

September – The Aster

Traditionally used in a variety of medicines and salves, the aster has come to represent patience, love, daintiness, and good fortune.  A gift of a single dried aster is believed to draw forth affection, working as a lover’s charm.

October – The Calendula

Historically, calendulas represent grief and sorrow, although in the Victorian era a more positive spin was put on the flower as it meant, “My thoughts are with you.”  Early Christian’s would place calendulas next to statues of the Virgin Mary, hence it’s nickname: Mary’s gold.

November – The Chrysanthemum

Since chrysanthemums don’t generally bloom until November, they have come to represent hope in dark times.  In Japan chrysanthemum represent joy and each year there is a “Festival of Happiness” that celebrates the flower.  These meanings apply to the traditional golden chrysanthemum, while the red varieties represent love and the white ones, truth.

December – The Poinsettia

Ancient Aztecs regarded the poinsettia as a symbol of purity, but eventually Christians in Mexico turned the poinsettia into their Christmas Eve flower.  Today poinsettias are as synonymous with Christmas and the holiday season as mistletoe, and are the number one selling potted plant in North America.