In addition to having the standard astrological zodiac, there are also certain personality traits and symbols associated with your birthday. Just like everyone has a birthstone for their particular birth month, which symbolizes something endemic to that month, so does everyone have their very own birth flower.
These flowers were likely determined based on which blooms were most prolific during certain times of the year, but there is also a significant amount of symbolism behind each one.
In short: your birth flower’s symbolism may be more in line with your personality than you even realize.
Some people may think of carnations as “filler flowers,” such a view is honestly a bit outdated. In reality, these flowers are said to symbolize pure love when they appear in both red or pink forms. They’re also one of the few flowers that can bloom in cold weather, which makes them a spot of brightness in the otherwise gloomy winter — just like those born in January, whose warm personalities often belie their rather chilly birth month.
February: Iris or Violet
Irises are meant to symbolize faith, valor, and wisdom (with their three upright petals embodying each of these). Violets, meanwhile, represent intense loyalty and dependability. Those born in February are rock-solid friends, and their word is (almost) always true.
Daffodils, with their sunny disposition, are meant to symbolize the joy that one feels when surrounded by loved ones. Those born in March are therefore said to have somewhat optimistic personalities. (Be careful when handing out daffodils, though — while a bouquet of them is said to be good luck, giving out a single daffodil is supposed to bring bad luck.)
April: Sweet Pea or Daisy
Sweet peas symbolize departure (weird, right?), and daisies represent innocent friendships and purity. As a result, people born in April are said to be somewhat adventurous, as well as taking their friendships very seriously. They can also tend to be somewhat childlike in their view of the world.
May: Lily of the Valley
The bell-shaped buds on this flower create the illusion of a bunch of little white bonnets — so it comes as no surprise that this particular flora is meant to symbolize sweetness and a certain demure nature. While people born in this month may not consider themselves to be especially “sweet,” they do tend to have a more congenial personality than most, and tend to make friends easily.
It stands to reason that roses symbolize passion more than any other flower (except for a yellow rose, which is meant to symbolize friendship). People born in this month tend to be a touch dramatic, and plenty sensitive — but they also love deeply, and are suckers for romance.
This unusual flower is meant to symbolize levity and lightness. People born in this month tend to be adventurous, and love telling stories to a captivated audience. The buds on the flower resemble an open heart, so people born in July also tend to love easily — and often.
This spear-like flower is often considered to represent strength and infatuation. People tend to find themselves inexplicably drawn to people born in this birth-month (whether their affections are reciprocated or not). People born in this month are known for being especially stubborn, as well as noble.
Asters are said to symbolize patience, which is very fitting, as people born in the month of September often strive to be level-headed in all matters. They don’t enjoy losing their tempers, and prefer to listen to both sides of an argument before making any decision.
Calendulas, or marigolds, are often used in funerals around the world as symbols of mourning — and, subsequently, rebirth. But don’t fret, October babies! Having a marigold for your birth flower doesn’t mean you’re morose or morbid. It simply means that you have a deep well of emotions and feelings, and a tendency to be rather artistic.
Chrysanthemums are often used to symbolize platonic love and friendship. People associated with this birth flower tend to love meeting new people and surrounding themselves with as many friends as possible. They also crave change, and are happiest when attempting something new.
December: Poinsettia or Holly
Poinsettias are meant to represent celebration (as their association with Christmas would denote), and holly is often meant to represent luck or truth. People born in this month are fiercely ambitious, and don’t wish to settle for anything less than the best in terms of their career. They are also known for being especially honest — perhaps to the point of bluntness.