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Birth Flower Meanings/Symbolism

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January CARNATION
Representing pride, beauty, admiration and gratitude, fascination, distinction, divine love, woman. The carnation’s multilayered, feathery soft petals conceal a hardy core – an appropriate paradox for this January flower. Send Teleflora's Enchanted Journey bouquet to someone with a January birthday, a richly colorful and fragrant gem.
 
February IRIS
It should come as no surprise that the iris's three upright petals symbolize faith, valor and wisdom. They also symbolise valued friendship, hope, my compliments and passion.
 
March DAFFODIL
When the bright yellow daffodil pokes through late winter's ground, it's like a long-awaited friend returning home and a birth flower anyone would be proud to call their own. Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, particularly when presented in an abundant bouquet, daffodils promise happiness and joy.
 
April DAISY
Innocence, I'll never tell, purity, love that conquers all. Epitomizing childlike joy and playfulness, this April birth flower captures the essence of spring’s happy-go-lucky, forever-young attitude.
 
May LILY OF THE VALLEY
Lilies were so revered by the ancient Greeks that they believed they sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Long tied to the Virgin Mary, the white Madonna lily represents virtue, while the lily of the valley conveys sweetness and humility. In the language of flowers, this May birth flower expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor.
 
June ROSE
Love, passion, beauty and perfection. The rose is rich with history and meaning. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, and Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals. Named for the Latin word rosa which means red. 
 
July DELPHINIUM
With its lush, dolphin-shaped flowers, the aptly named delphinium – or larkspur – symbolizes an open heart and ardent attachment. Also signifying a feeling of lightness and levity, the gentle hues and refreshing fragrance of this summer birth flower give it a refreshing and distinctive natural beauty
 
August GLADIOLUS
Gladiola, the August birth flower, represents strength and moral integrity – not surprising when you consider that its name comes from the Latin word for sword, "gladius." But while its sword-shaped stems may imply Roman gladiators, its romantic flowers are capable of piercing a heart with their beauty – explaining why infatuation is another one of its meanings as well.
 
September MORNING GLORY
Interestingly, this flower blooms in the morning and dies within the day hence the name “Morning Glory.” In the language of flowers, morning glory blooms represent unrequited love because of their short lifespan. They also symbolize affection, mortality, mourning, and resurrection. The flowers of morning glory come in different hues, including purple, blue, white, yellow, and red. White morning glory flowers symbolize purity and innocence, while red morning glories signify a strong heart. 
 
 October MARIGOLD
With their rich, autumn-colored hues, marigolds are the quintessential October birth flower. Early Christians called marigolds Mary’s Gold and placed it by statues of the Virgin Mary. Brilliant and colorful, with a late-harvest warmth and a broad open bloom, marigolds signify affection and grace.
 
November CHRYSANTHEMUM
Chrysanthemums, a symbol of the sun, have held many noble positions in ancient cultures. The Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of their petals to represent perfection, and Confucius suggested they be used as an object of meditation. Signifying optimism and happiness
 
December  JONQUIL (Erlicheer)
Jonquils represent purity, sweetness, and simplicity. The narcissus flowers are also often associated with respect and faithfulness. Yet their symbolism and meanings varied since they are widely prevalent in many cultures. For instance, narcissus flowers signify prosperity and wealth in China. But for Victorians, these blooms are representations of self-centeredness and could mean a chance for change. Yellow narcissus, which is as bright and cheery as the sun, symbolizes positive energy, joy, and happiness.