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Do you know what your birth month flowers are? In addition to gemstones, every month has a birth flower; in fact, many months have two birth flowers! Here’s a list of both the primary and secondary birth flowers for January through December.
Birth flowers have been around for many generations, similar to birthstones. The flower designated each month usually ties to the season when it blooms; many flowers also have cultural or religious associations from ancient times. For example, the hawthorn was known as Mary’s Flower of May.
In our lives today, birth flowers are a wonderful way to mark an occasion from birthdays to marriages to funerals. For example, if you are struggling to find a gift, a simple bouquet of birth month flowers makes it more thoughtful. Our readers have also weaved flowers into special birth month necklaces, tattoos, cards, and even family kitchen tiles!
Why Are There Two Birth Flowers Per Month?
You’ll notice that some months have two birth flowers. Not all cultures agree on which flowers correspond to which months, plus some flowers simply aren’t as available in different regions. We’ve listed the most traditional primary flower as well as a secondary flower when there is one. Browse the links below to the individual birth month flower pages.
The Birth Month Flowers
January ~ Carnation & Snowdrop
January’s primary birth flower is the carnation and the secondary flower is the snowdrop. Learn more about the January birth flowers!
The primary December birth flower is the narcissus (such as the paperwhite narcissus) and the secondary flower is the holly which has small white berries that give way to the festive red berries that we see at the holidays. Learn more on our December birth flower page!
Flowers remain a welcome substitute for words, enhancing the giver’s message with fragrance and beauty. Every flower has a meaning, and can convey certain emotions, thoughts, or moods to the recipient. Learn the Language of Flowers, and you can practically speak in code!
Did you know that birthstones also have special meanings? Visit our Birthstones by Month page to see each month’s birthstone.