Flowers have been given as gifts since time immemorial. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire, and so the origins of birth month flowers can be said to date back to these times, as gifts and altar decorations would have included flowers.
Some traditional meanings and associations of some birth month flowers are as follows.
January: A flower associated with January is the Carnation. It is said to symbolize love, fascination and distinction. Carnation - also called Gillyflower - represents love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, loyalty.
February: A flower for February is the Violet. The flower symbolizes faithfulness, humility and chastity. Gifting violets in the Victorian era conveyed the message, "I’ll always be true." The violet represents faithfulness, wisdom and hope.
March: A flower associated with March is the Daffodil also known as Jonquil or Narcissus. A gift of Daffodils conveys the meaning of friendship and happiness. The flower represents rebirth, respect, regard and unrequited love.
April: A flower associated with April is the Sweet Pea flower. It is said to symbolize pleasure or farewells. In the Victorian era, these flowers formed a part of the bouquet that was sent to someone to convey gratefulness. The Sweet Pea also represents modesty and simplicity.
May: The month of May is associated with the Lily of the Valley. This flower conveys sweetness and humility. In the Victorian era, it was gifted to convey the romantic message, "You have made my life complete." Lily of the Valley represents humility, chastity and sweetness.
June: Rose is a flower of the month of June. The underlying message these flowers is that of love and passion. Roses represent love and appreciation, and have other meanings depending on the color.
July: A flower associated with July is Larkspur. Larkspur - also called Delphinium - speaks to us of feelings of open hearts. The symbolism of ardent attachment is attributed to this flower.
August: The flower for August is the Gladiolus. This flower stands for sincerity. It symbolizes strength of character. levity and lightness.
September: A flower for September is the Aster. The flower symbolizes love, faith and wisdom. It speaks to us of patience, daintiness and remembrance.
October: Marigold - also called Calendula by some - is a flower associated with October. Marigold is considered to be an auspicious flower, and is used as part of some religious ceremonies. Marigold speaks to us of grace and healing.
November: Chrysanthemum is a flower for November. It stands for cheerfulness and love. Chrysanthemums represent happiness and laughter in the home, compassion, friendship and secret love.
December: Narcissus is a flower associated with December. It symbolizes respect, modesty and faithfulness. It represents the sweetness of whoever receives it, as well as self-esteem.