Curious about your baby’s birth flower? We’ve got you covered. We’ll take you through the flowers for each month and what they symbolize.
Birth flowers are flowers that have been chosen to represent each month of the year, often because that is the month they bloom in.
Spring baby? You’re looking at daffodils and daisies.
Fall baby? It’s the hardy marigold for you!
The great news is whenever your baby is born, there will be a gorgeous birth month flower to welcome them into the world.
In this article: 📝
- Are birth flowers a thing?
- How do I find my birth flower?
- What flowers represent each birth month?
Are birth flowers a thing?
Yes, there is a birth flower for each month of the year.
They’re a great choice to include in a bouquet for a new mama, or to choose as an embroidery motif on a special blanket for the new baby.
However you choose to use birth flowers is totally up to you.
The possibilities are endless.
How do I find my birth flower?
In the language of flowers — called Floriography — flowers each convey unique messages to us.
It’s no wonder they can add meaningful symbolism to the month of a baby’s birth.
You may even want to consider incorporating this symbolism into the naming of your baby.
(Psst. We’ve got suggestions for flower names for girls and flower names for boys if you’re looking!)
We’ll take you through the flowers for each month and what they represent.
What flowers represent each birth month?
So what are the different flowers that represent each birth month?
Let’s find out.
January birth flower
The birth flowers for the first month of the year are the carnation and snowdrop — both exquisite ways to welcome a new year and a new baby.
Carnations are said to symbolize many qualities, including love, purity, luck, and fascination, depending on their color.
It was one of the flowers used in ceremonial crowns in the Greek and Roman eras.
White carnations are also worn in the Netherlands to remember veterans and the Dutch resistance to the war.
And in Christianity, carnations were said to grow in the Virgin Mary’s tears.
These sweet flowers look like tiny drops of snow.
They’re known as a sign that winter is almost over and spring is on its way, making them a symbol of hope and renewal.
They’ve also been said to represent purity.
February birth flower
The month of love has two heartwarming flowers to commemorate it — violet and primrose.
This flower is a symbol of loyalty, modesty, and purity.
Because they have three petals, they have been known in Christian circles as the “flowers of the Trinity.”
They also make a strong appearance in Greek mythology as the symbol of Athens.
The first part of this pretty flower’s name refers to it being one of the first (prime) flowers to bloom in spring.
For this reason, they have associations with renewal and youth.
In Victorian England, this lovely flower symbolized young love.
March birth flower
Month three comes with some really cheerful birth flowers — the daffodil and the jonquil.
This joyful flower’s bright yellow center brings a smile to most faces.
Because it’s also one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, it represents new beginnings and optimism.
The Latin name for the daffodil is the Narcissus after the ancient Greek hunter who fell in love with his own image.
“Daffodil” and “jonquil” are often used interchangeably.
So here’s the deal: jonquils are a type of daffodil.
For jonquils, think golden yellow color and sweet perfume.
They’re a symbol of friendship and family in various parts of the world.
In China, they represent good luck.
April birth flower
As the weather starts to brighten in the Northern Hemisphere, the daisy and the sweet pea make an appearance.
This fun flower has all sorts of positive associations.
In Norse mythology, they are the sacred flower of Freya, the goddess of love and beauty.
They are also the flower of new motherhood and new beginnings.
In Old English, daisy means “day’s eye” because some types close up at night.
If you’ve ever been near a sweet pea, it’s not hard to see why this flower represents bliss.
They represent gratitude and are often present in “thank you” bouquets.
They’re also associated with kindness and saying goodbye. 😢
May birth flower
Now that spring is in full swing, lily of the valley and hawthorn become stars of the garden.
Lily of the valley
Heralding the arrival of spring with its gorgeous scent, the lily of the valley represents rebirth.
They bring with them joy, luck and protection.
This interesting flower also represents luck and protection and is associated with Beltane, the Gaelic May Day festival.
With it comes a sense of renewal, spiritual connection, and fertility.
June birth flower
As spring starts to think about making way for summer, two exquisite flowers make an appearance — rose and honeysuckle.
Roses are popular for a reason.
Of course, red roses represent love and passion.
But it doesn’t end there.
They’re also a symbol of courage.
White roses, on the other hand, symbolize purity.
These flowers grow in all sorts of literature and myth. In Greek mythology, they’re associated with Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis.
This one is simply a symbol of pure happiness!
Perfect for your new bundle of joy.
July birth flower
If you have a July baby, larkspur and water lily are your blooms!
From the buttercup family, the larkspur is all about joy, goodwill, and gratitude.
They’re also called delphiniums from the Greek delphin, meaning dolphin.
That’s because the new buds look a bit like the nose of a dolphin.
The larkspur also symbolizes protection and has traditionally been used to ward off evil spirits.
These unusual flowers — memorably depicted in a famous painting by Monet — symbolize a range of ideas, including purity, fertility, peace, and balance.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, this flower represents spiritual rebirth.
This makes sense, as they close at night and open again when the sun rises.
August birth flower
It’s hard to choose just two flowers in this month full of blooms, but Gladiolus and poppy are the two official August flowers.
Their name comes from the Latin word for sword: gladius.
In Ancient Rome, they were the flower of the gladiators.
They represent infatuation as well as remembrance and honor.
The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope for peace.
Perhaps because the poppy plant produces opium, the poppy is also associated with sleep and dreams from Greek mythology and divine medicine in Egyptian mythology.
September birth flower
If your baby is born in September, it’s the aster and morning glory that are the main features of your bouquet.
These adorable flowers are named after the Greek word for star — and that’s because they look like one!
Apart from representing the wonder of the night sky, the aster represents love, wisdom, patience, and elegance.
This exquisite flower goes to sleep in the evening and blooms early in the morning — and that’s where it gets its name.
It’s often associated with unrequited love and longings that can’t be fulfilled.
But it’s also a flower that’s able to grow in difficult conditions, making it a symbol of resilience.
October birth flower
Halloween baby on the way?
Marigolds and cosmos will be there to welcome them.
Called “the herb of the sun,” these bright flowers symbolize optimism and joy.
They’ve traditionally been used to help with fevers and getting rid of warts.
They also grow just about anywhere on earth — so with the Marigold as their flower, maybe your little October baby will become a globetrotter.
The name of this plant translates to “universe.”
This pretty flower represents harmony and order — and that’s because of the orderly arrangement of the petals.
They bloom in a number of different shades, including pink, purple, red, orange, and white.
November birth flower
As we start approaching the winter months, it’s the chrysanthemum that gets the spotlight.
(Yep, only one flower for November babies!
But it’s a very special one, as you’ll see.)
Also called mums, chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as early as the 15th century BC and are believed to have the power of life.
They symbolize a range of positive concepts, including trust, friendship, and longevity.
Another fun fact about them?
They may help clean indoor air.
December birth flower
And now for the final pick in the bouquet — the December birth flowers are holly and the paperwhite narcissus.
This plant is certainly associated with the holidays — and now with your December baby.
In Celtic mythology, holly is a symbol of peace and goodwill.
It’s also said to provide protection and guard against evil spirits.
You may remember that the narcissus (another name for the daffodil) is the March birth flower.
The paperwhite version is a December pick.
It’s a symbol of love, faithfulness, and hope.
Congratulations on your new arrival!
Whatever their flower, we’re sure your love for them is already in full bloom.