January Birth Flowers

The Carnation and the Snowdrop

December 21, 2020
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In the dark month of January, nothing lifts the spirits quite like cheerful, colorful flowers. Learn about the beautiful January birth flowers!

What Are the January Birth Flowers?

The traditional January birth flowers are the carnation and the snowdrop

The Carnation

The charismatic carnation comes in several different colors, which convey different meanings, much like roses.

For example, a pink carnation can mean simple affection, while a dark red carnation means deeper love.

Carnation Colors & Meanings
Light Red Admiration
Dark Red Deep Love
White Innocence, Pure Love, Remembrance
Pink Affection, A Mother’s Love
Purple Capriciousness
Yellow Disappointment, Rejection
Striped (any color) Regret

According to Christian lore, pink carnations sprouted from the tears of the Virgin Mary as she wept for Jesus. Therefore, a pink carnation often symbolizes a mother’s unyielding love.  

Learn the meanings behind more common flowers!

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The Snowdrop

The solemn snowdrop used to be considered bad luck because it always seemed to grow in graveyards. Nowadays, this delicate flower—often one of the first to poke through the snow in late winter—signifies hope and beauty.


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January white carnations, perfect.

Isn't it fun? I don't know when I learned about birth flowers and birthstones, I feel like I've just always known... so my Mom probably told me. She was so young, and she knew so much, especially birthday-related.
Anyway, I like to leave these on Genealogy sites that offer a spot for a sort of "profile pic". So many people use headstones. That's not about life. So I remembered the birth flowers.
I didn't know all the meanings for different colours of carnations! This is for a baby girl who lived seven days. The white carnation 's meaning is just perfect. Thank you!

do you have my birth month?

I'd like to know about my birth month. it's not in January.

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Hi Helena, You can find ALL twelve months of birth flowers on this beautiful page: 

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This is very interesting! Wow!