Learn Your Birth Month Flower—and the Meaning Behind It

Grow or give these blooms to make birthday celebrations even more special.

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You probably know your birthstone, but what about your flower of the month? For example, the May month flower is lily of the valley, a fragrant and lovely bloom. Like birthstones, each month has a flower with a different meaning behind it. These symbolic blossoms can be fun to decorate your home with or plant in your garden to celebrate YOU for more than just one day. Knowing each month's flower can also help you pick an extra meaningful and beautiful flower arrangement to send to someone as a birthday gift. Usually, different colors of each flower have their meanings too, so if you want to plant or decorate with your birth month flower, you can choose the variety that best fits your personality.

January Birth Month Flower: Carnation

Close up of white Hardy Carnation
Andy Lyons

Many cultures have different meanings for carnations, but the most common? Love. The different colors of carnations also have their own symbolism and are given for particular occasions (for example, white carnations can sometimes symbolize good luck). Carnations are a good cut flower, and you'll almost always see them in grocery stores and at florists year-round. To grow your own, plant them in a spot that gets plenty of sun with well-drained soil, and most varieties will grow up to 12 inches tall.

February Birth Month Flower: Violet

viola
Peter Krumhardt

Violets have come to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty. As you'd expect from the name, purple is the most common color, which plays off the hue of February's birthstone, amethyst. Grow these beautiful, delicate blooms indoors until you can move them outdoors when the snow melts. This perennial can happily grow up to 12 inches in full sun or part shade, as long as it has consistently moist soil.

March Birth Month Flower: Daffodil

marbleized blue white pots daffodils centerpiece
Adam Albright

These cheery bulbs are an excellent way to welcome spring. Daffodils symbolize new beginnings or renewal, which perfectly describe these early bloomers. Force these bulbs early indoors to have blooms on your birthday in March! Outdoors, be sure to plant them in fall in a location where they'll get about six hours of direct sun every day.

April Birth Month Flower: Daisy

leucanthemum superbum becky shasta daisy flowers
Bob Stefko

These humble white flowers with domed yellow centers represent youth and purity. The Shasta daisy is a hardy, perennial type of this flower, but tropical gerberas that bloom in bright shades of orange, yellow, and red also can represent this month. These classic flowers will brighten anyone's day, whether you buy them for yourself or give them as a gift. In the garden, daisies can stun by growing up to three feet tall in well-drained soil and direct sun or part shade.

May Birth Month Flower: Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley small white flowers
Marty Baldwin

These delicate, bell-shaped blooms represent motherhood, making them one of the best flowers to give your mom on Mother's Day, and the right choice for the May month flower. Multiple blooms come from one stem, and the white flowers stand out beautifully against dark green foliage. Lilies of the valley are known for their sweet scent and do well in damp and shady garden areas, where they usually stay less than 12 inches tall.

June Birth Month Flower: Rose

close up of kiss me rose
John Reed Forsman

Like carnations, roses have different meanings for each color, but the family of flowers is widely known as the symbol of love. Red roses are for romantic love, while yellow roses would make a beautiful gift for a friend with a June birthday. If this is your birth month flower, you're lucky; you can choose from hundreds of varieties! Most will do best in a spot with good drainage and at least six hours of direct sun per day.

July Birth Month Flower: Larkspur

purple and blue larkspur delphiniums
Lynn Karlin

A brightly colored stalk of larkspur blooms will always draw attention in the garden. These flowers are associated with gracefulness and positiveness. Plant the color that best defines you:

  • Pink represents fickleness.
  • White is for those who are happy-go-lucky.
  • Purple is for those with a sweet disposition.

Larkspur can spring up to three feet tall if you plant it in well-drained soil and full sun.

August Birth Month Flower: Gladiolus

sword lily gladiolus flowers
Alison Miksch

This tall plant with exotic-looking flowers has come to symbolize integrity and persistence, displaying its endurance as it blooms through the hottest months of the year. Gladiolus is also seen as an old-fashioned flower because it's been gracing gardens for centuries. Plant these tall spires toward the back of a border garden for dramatic height (some varieties can reach up to eight feet!) to celebrate your birth month. Gladiolus will thrive in full sun with well-drained soil.

September Birth Month Flower: Aster

douglas aster purple flowers
Jacob Fox

Planting asters in your garden will create a colorful show of flowers around your birthday. These fall-bloomers represent daintiness and patience, fitting for a finely-textured perennial that's worth the wait. Asters are also an easy addition to any fall container garden, and grow best in sun or partial shade with moist, well-drained soil.

October Birth Month Flower: Marigold

marigolds in glass vases
Laurie Black

Marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. These low-growing annuals come in gold, orange, and red hues that mimic the changing leaves in fall. Enjoy your birth flower all autumn long; they'll continue blooming until frost. There are several different types of marigolds, and most usually grow between one to three feet tall. They're all easy to grow, thriving in full sun.

November Birth Month Flower: Chrysanthemum

cut chrysanthemum varieties in vases
Carson Downing

These stunning flowers are a must for providing color toward the end of fall. They symbolize friendship and longevity. While they're often grown as annuals, they're actually perennials; cover them with mulch in the garden for protection and they should return the following year. Chrysanthemums can grow up to 3 feet tall, and prefer well-drained, moist soil in full sun.

December Birth Month Flower: Narcissus

mason jars and paperwhite christmas centerpiece
Ray Kachatorian

Narcissus is the genus that daffodils belong to, so this month shares a flower with March. However, the paperwhite has become the most popular daffodil for December because they are easy to force into bloom. They symbolize hope and make a stunning centerpiece for Christmas dinner or your birthday brunch. Outdoors, they like full sun and dry soil and can reach up to 12 inches tall.

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