Floriography, otherwise known as the language of flowers, is a very old concept that dates back to the Victorian era. Long before phone calls, texting and email, people used to communicate hard-to-express feelings via flowers, but that was not all. Not only did flowers help with communication, they were also associated with a person's character.
Today, flowers are still just as important in conveying sentiments. Figuring out the meaning behind your birth flower can help you better understand your unique personality traits and how to deal with different types of situations you face in life.
Similar to how Zodiac signs, gemstones and palmistry give us a glimpse into an individual's characteristics and traits, certain blooms also hold special significance and symbolism based on the month in which a person was born.
So find out what your birth flower is from the list below to reveal the meaning behind it.
1. January - Carnation
Carnations come in a variety of shades with pink being the most popular. Although each of the colors have their own meanings, these bright blooms generally represent love, affection, distinction and fascination.
Personality traits: You're loyal, affectionate and humble. You value family and friendship and would go to great lengths to protect them and show how much you care.
2. February - Violet
Violets symbolize innocence, faithfulness, wisdom and modesty. These gorgeous flowers were especially popular during the Victorian Era when traits such as innocence and modesty were coveted.
Personality traits: You tend to be reserved at first but once you warm up to people, you're loyal and committed. You're deeply spiritual, have great intuition and are wise beyond your years, which is why others come to you for advice. Thanks to your innocent demeanor, only those close to you know you well.
3. March - Daffodils
Daffodils are simple flowers that are believed to bring luck to those associated with it. There's an old Welsh superstition that claims that if you see the first daffodil bloom of the season you will have 12 months of luck.
Personality traits: You have a creative mind. You're artistic, organized and a fantastic multi-tasker. You've got luck on your side so with just a little hard work, you usually succeed in whatever you set out to do. You're calm, peaceful and appreciate the simple things in life.
4. April - Daisy
There's very good reason why many parents name their daughters after this beautiful flower. Purity and innocence are two traits symbolized by Daisies. In ancient times, these yellow-centred blooms were commonly exchanged between friends because they also signify secrecy.
Personality traits: You're cheerful, adventurous and there's never a dull moment when you're around. Your optimism is inspiring and very much appreciated by people close to you. Just like your birth flower, your heart is pure and you're great at keeping secrets.
5. May - Lily of the Valley
April showers indeed bring these unique looking flowers whose scientific name, majalis, means "of belonging to May." Lily of the Valley signifies sweetness, humility and return to happiness.
Personality traits: Similar to the flower of your birth, you're regarded as sweet by everyone around you. But unlike the poisonous nature of the Lily of the Valley, you make your friends and family feel safe and loved. You are practical, reliable and ambitious with outstanding problem-solving skills.
6. June - Rose
As most of us are already aware, the roses symbolize love and passion. However, they come in a range of colors and each has its own meaning. For instance, white represents chastity while purple symbolizes love at first sight. What many people don't know is that roses also stand for confidentiality.
Personality traits: You're a true romantic, of course. You tend to be involved in deep, meaningful and passionate relationships. You're sophisticated and consider tradition to be very important, but you can easily adjust to new situations. Just like the thorny rose, you may appear confident and strong, but when you're hurt, you struggle to hide it.
7. July - Delphinium
This flower gets its name from delphis, the Greek word for dolphin. This is because the flower's closed buds are shaped like a dolphin's nose. Delphinium encapsulates positivity, openness, opportunity and potential.
Personality traits: You're a visionary and an over-achiever. You never let new opportunities slip and you'll do whatever it takes to reach your goals. You're open to trying new things and befriending new people. You're charming, witty and have a great sense of humor. People are comfortable being around you and thanks to your positivity, small things never bring you down.
8. August - Gladiolus
Gladiolus got its name from the Greek word for sword. The flower used to be worn by warriors for protection from harm and death, so it's no surprise that it embodies strength, sincerity, devotion and moral integrity.
Personality traits: You're a natural born leader and people have lots of respect for you. You're highly intellectual, charming and driven. You're goal-oriented and try your best to succeed in all that you do.
9. September - Aster
According to Greek mythology, the star-shaped aster was created from the tears of the goddess Astraea. The September birth flower generally denotes patience and daintiness, but the purple aster stands for wisdom and royalty.
Personality traits: You may not come off as emotional but you wear your heart on your sleeve. Talking isn't your strong suit but you're a great listener thanks to your patience. You have a very specific way of doing things and you're always seeking perfection.
10. October - Calendula
Commonly referred to as Pot Marigold, Calendula brings some brightness to the gloomy autumn days. The bright-hued flower is coveted for its healing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is widely used to treat a plethora of health conditions. The flower symbolizes warmth, protection and transformation.
Personality traits: You always impart a lot of warmth. You're friendly, peaceful and often go with the flow. You're always on the lookout for ways to grow as a person and others often rely on you for help and advice.
11. November - Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums symbolize cheerfulness, calmness and optimism. According to Feng Shui principles, these flowers bring laughter and happiness.
Personality traits: Just like your birth flower, you're tough on the exterior but have a gentle soul. You struggle to find a middle ground for your feelings, so at times you can give off intense vibes. You're very honest and protective, which means will go above and beyond to ensure the safety and happiness of those you love.
12. December - Narcissus
The paper-white narcissus blooms during the most wonderful time of the year. The December birth flower stands for hope, vanity, wealth and good fortune.
Personality traits: You are self-confident and have strong willpower. People think highly of you and you can be very influential. You let logic instead of emotion guide your actions and have luck on your side.