Floriography, otherwise known as the language of flowers, is a very old concept that dates back to the Victorian era. Long before phone calls, texting and email, people used to communicate hard-to-express feelings via flowers, but that was not all. Not only did flowers help with communication, they were also associated with a person’s character.
Today, flowers are still just as important in conveying sentiments. Figuring out the meaning behind your birth flower can help you better understand your unique personality traits and how to deal with different types of situations you face in life.
Similar to how Zodiac signs, gemstones and palmistry give us a glimpse into an individual’s characteristics and traits, certain blooms also hold special significance and symbolism based on the month in which a person was born.
So find out what your birth flower is from the list below to reveal the meaning behind it.
1. January – Carnation
Carnation is January’s flower. These blooms, which are often pink, represent fascination, distinction, love and affection.
If you’re a January baby, you’re probably family-oriented. You’re loyal to your friends, modest and affectionate to those you love.
2. February – Violet
February means violets, a particularly popular flower in Victorian times because of their association with modesty and innocence. They also stand for wisdom and faithfulness.
People born in February tend to have a wisdom that belies their youth along with a strong sense of intuition and spirituality. They may seem reserved, but they are loyal to those they love.
3. March – Daffodil
March’s flower, the daffodil, is said to bring good luck, especially if you see the season’s first bloom.
If you were born in March, you appreciate simplicity like daffodils, but you also have an artistic bent. You’re well-organized and good at multi-tasking. You also have lots of good luck, so working hard usually brings you success.
4. April – Daisy
Daisies are pure and innocent, and these qualities are associated with people born in April. Friends exchanged daisies in ancient times as a symbol of secrecy.
If daisies are your birth flower, people love your optimism and your ability to keep secrets safe. You have a great spirit of adventure, and people find you entertaining and cheerful.
5. May – Lilly of the Valley
While May’s flower, Lilly of the Valley, can be poisonous, you are anything but. Known for your sweetness, people also love you for your practical problem-solving skills, your ambition and your reliability.
Friends and family of people born in May known that they are safe and loved, and this flower signifies humility and happiness.
6. June – Rose
Most people associate roses with love, but the different colors of roses have different meanings. Roses also mean confidentiality, and purple roses signal love at first sight while white ones mean chastity.
If the rose is your birth flower, then, of course, you are a romantic. Your relationships are passionate and meaningful, and you are both traditional and sophisticated. You can be thorny like a rose on the outside, hiding it when others hurt you.
7. July – Delphinium
You might not associate fish and flowers, but delphiniums get their name from delphis, which means dolphin in Greek. Closed delphinium buds look like dolphin noses.
These flowers are associated with opportunity, openness, and positivity, and those born in July have these traits as well. You probably tend to be an overachiever. You embrace new people and new experiences, and people are drawn to your wit and charm.
8. August – Gladiolus
Gladiolus got its name from the Greek word for sword. The flower used to be worn by warriors for protection from harm and death, so it’s no surprise that it embodies strength, sincerity, devotion and moral integrity.
Personality traits: You’re a natural born leader and people have lots of respect for you. You’re highly intellectual, charming and driven. You’re goal-oriented and try your best to succeed in all that you do.
9. September – Aster
According to Greek mythology, the star-shaped aster was created from the tears of the goddess Astraea. The September birth flower generally denotes patience and daintiness, but the purple aster stands for wisdom and royalty.
Personality traits: You may not come off as emotional but you wear your heart on your sleeve. Talking isn’t your strong suit but you’re a great listener thanks to your patience. You have a very specific way of doing things and you’re always seeking perfection.
10. October – Calendula
Commonly referred to as Pot Marigold, Calendula brings some brightness to the gloomy autumn days. The bright-hued flower is coveted for its healing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is widely used to treat a plethora of health conditions. The flower symbolizes warmth, protection and transformation.
Personality traits: You always impart a lot of warmth. You’re friendly, peaceful and often go with the flow. You’re always on the lookout for ways to grow as a person and others often rely on you for help and advice.
11. November – Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums symbolize cheerfulness, calmness and optimism. According to Feng Shui principles, these flowers bring laughter and happiness.
Personality traits: Just like your birth flower, you’re tough on the exterior but have a gentle soul. You struggle to find a middle ground for your feelings, so at times you can give off intense vibes. You’re very honest and protective, which means will go above and beyond to ensure the safety and happiness of those you love.
12. December – Narcissus
The paper-white narcissus blooms during the most wonderful time of the year. The December birth flower stands for hope, vanity, wealth and good fortune.
Personality traits: You are self-confident and have strong willpower. People think highly of you and you can be very influential. You let logic instead of emotion guide your actions and have luck on your side.