Flower Power: What is your birth flower?

It is widely known that each month of the year has a particular gemstone associated with it, such as January is garnet, July is ruby, October is Opal, etc. What you might not have known is that every month also has its very own special flower.


Flowers have been used for centuries to express love and caring. About 300 years ago each month began to be associated with a specific flower, and the custom has withstood the test of time.

Here is a list of the months and the flowers that go with them:
January’s flower is the lovely but strong carnation. This distinct bloom symbolizes fascination, remembrance and love. The month’s secondary flower is, not surprisingly, the snowdrop.

February’s special flower is the violet. Interestingly, the violet’s wondrous purple color is matched by the month’s gemstone, the purple amethyst. Symbolizing modesty, faithfulness and virtue, the violet is a wonderful gift for that special someone you know born in February. The secondary flower of this month is the primrose.

The month of March, which comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb has as its flower the quintessential harbinger of spring, the daffodil. Its gorgeous yellow color reminds us of true love, which always shines like the sun. You can even find daffodils in white, orange and pale yellow. Gazing at the flower brings to mind hope, rebirth and rejuvenation.

April’s flower is the adorable daisy. This simple, prolific flower symbolizes purity, new beginnings and true love. April’s secondary flower is the sweet pea.

May has a truly special flower: the lily of the valley. This extraordinary bloom symbolizes sweetness, motherhood and humility, and is the perfect flower to give on Mother’s Day, especially to your mom! Also connected to May is the hawthorn, also a small white flower.

Lucky are those born in June, the flower of which is the romantic rose. The color scheme for roses is endless, from the whitest white to the deepest purple, bordering black, with everything else in between. And let’s not forget the fragrance many varieties of roses produce, enhancing the joy they bring. Each color sends a particular message, whether it is love (red) or friendship (yellow) there is always a reason to give someone roses. Honeysuckle is also associated with the month of June.

We have just gone through have the year. Hopefully, we can continue this story next time.


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)gowanuslounge.com.