Unfortunately, the flowers can’t speak, but if they could, we might learn an interesting story about each of them. The term «language of flowers» introduces in the Victorian Era. It was the romantic time, when it was not accepted to give expression to one’s feelings directly. In these days, each flower symbolized an emotion or a mood.
Later on, in common with the Zodiac signs and the Birthstones, the term «birth flowers» has become popular in our time. The date of birth and the Zodiac sign makes each of us unique, therefore it is very important to know a history of each flower to pick the only flower that is suitable to you.
According to the ancient legends, each flower has its own unique history or a myth, therefore it could symbolize a specific character of a person, or an event, described in these myths and stories. For example it could be easily illustrated, describing Narcissus, when this flower is often equal to the narcissistic person, however, this opinion is wrong.
Based on the foregoing, it is very important to know the history of each flower to understand how well it suits you, therefore, this site has collected all necessary information about the flowers by month, its history, myths and legends.
I hope that this small guide will provide you useful information about all the monthly flowers and it will help your friends to choose a right flower as a gift especially for you.
Flowers by Month
The birth flower of January is a Carnation
The carnation is often associated with the day of Christ’s birth, therefore this flower is often depicted in the hands of the Virgin Mary. It was brought from Tunisia. January birth flower symbolizes the engagement, a pure love and the innocence.
The Carnation was a medieval symbol of the Bourbon dynasty. It was also one of the flowers included to the «Alexander’s bouquet». It also became a symbol of the Buttonholes fashion, introduced by the Prince of Wales.
The birth flower of February is a Violet
The Violet was used even by the Romans as a medicinal herb. In Germany it symbolized the beginning of Spring.
The characteristics, attributed to the february birth flower are the modesty, the virginity, although, some legend attributed to this flowers other characteristics such as the grief and the sorrow.
It was the favorite flower of Empress Josephine and of Emperor Wilhelm.
Medieval philosopher and alchemist Odo of Mena devoted a whole chapter of his book to the Violet.
The birth flower of March is a Narcissus
Notwithstanding of common conviction that march birth flower symbolizes the narcissistic person, it is completely wrong. To learn it we need to study several versions of this common legend. Nonetheless, the Narcissus symbolizes the «inner man».
For the Egyptians and for the Ancient Greeks, the Narcissus represented a strong interest as a medicinal herb. The essential oil, obtained from the Narcissus, is used in perfumery to this day.
The birth flower of April is a Daisy
There is a version, that the world «Daisy» came to us from the ancient Greek translation of the word «Pearls». The meaning of the April birth flower is commonly known — it’s main role is to tell fortunes. The story goes, that this flower gets its main role thanks to German children.
The Daisy also described in the rare legend of King Charles the Bold, where the Daisy and a marvel mechanical unicorn played the main roles.
The birth flower of April is a Lily of the Valley
The Lily of the Valley is a flower of goddess Ostara, who later was turned to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May birth flower was also described in the legend of the Volfarstveyler castle.
The form of this flower contributes to the magical symbolism of this flower and later helps for it to become a strong medicinal remedy. Today we know it as the «Water from apoplexy». This flower also became a base of the «schneeberg» snuff.
The birth flower of June is a Rose
There is a beautiful ancient legend about June birth flower, which came to us from India. According to this legend Vishnu was impressed by a beauty of Lakshmi who was born inside a big Rose. Therefore, the Rose symbolized the divine mystery and love.
This is the most common flower, known to humanity since ancient times. This flower was described in thousands of books including those, which are stored inside the Chinese Emperor’s library.
The birth flower of June is a Delphinium
The Delphinium, the July birth flower contains a poison inside it, which was used by the American Indians to kill the animals. But, fortunately it is not dangerous when it is used orally, therefore it is used as a medicament to treat wounds.
For the ancient Greeks, this flower symbolized the sadness, because of the legend which says that it was before the sculptor, turned to the Dolphin by the gods.
The birth flower of August is a Gladiolus
The epee or a sharp-pointed dueling sword is the second name of the August birth flower, because of its unusual form. Therefore the Gladiolus is often associated with the Roman gladiators.
This flower has to be a gift to your business partner or to the award winner.
This flower is mentioned by Theophrastus but it was discovered as a medicament only in XVIII century.
The birth flower of September is an Aster
The aster described by the ancient philosophers as a star dust. One legend is also described how two monks tried to be closer to the stars, but they learned the wisdom, that the true beauty could be found even on the Earth.
For the ancient Greeks, this flower symbolized a strong mascot, but, according to other versions, the September birth flower symbolizes the lost paradise.
The birth flower of October is a Calendula
The October birth flower is often called the «Sun Flower», sometimes it is also called the «sundial» or a bride of Summer. This flower has also the second name the «Marigold», because it was used to decorate a statue of the Virgin Mary by the Christians.
This flavor is symbolizing the stability in love. But, according to the Slavic legend it has also symbolized the «fingernail» in honor of a young doctor, who was killed by the envier.
The birth flower of November is a Chrysanthemum
The Chrysanthemum, as the November birth flower is a national flower of Japan. The legend of this flower described a very interesting event, illustrated who was the first colonizers of the Japanese islands. Also, this legend could explain us who was the first Emperor of Japan.
According to the legend, the Chrysanthemum symbolizes a pure heart.
The birth flower of December is a Holly
The December birth flower Holly is commonly known. Also known its story as the Christmas flower, however few know, that the history of this flower could discover us the origin of such famous person as Santa Claus.
The base of this facts came to us with the ancient Druids legend about the forest «Holly King».
Some sources tell us that this plant was used to make a crown of Christ, therefore for the Christians this flower symbolizes the sufferings of Christ, while, esoterically the Holly symbolizes evergreen aspect of the soul.