You’ve probably heard of birthstones, right? but did you know about birth flowers? Every month has a flower that is sometimes referred to as a Birth Month Flower. Each month of the year is symbolised by a flower or in some cases two. It is thought that the characteristics of the particular flower or flowers may be inherited by those born in that calendar month. If you’re a January baby or know someone who is, read on to see if you recognise any of the traits of the January birth flowers…
January Birth Flower
January has two birth flowers. The January birth flowers are the Carnation and the Snowdrop. The reason that some months have two birth flowers remains a mystery.
January: The Carnation
According to Flower Meaning, the carnation’s scientific name, Dianthus, comes from a combination of two Latin words: “dios,” meaning Gods, and “anthos,” meaning flower. Carnations are referred to as the flowers of the Gods. Some believe that the name Carnation came from the ancient Romans who wore carnations in garlands. Others believe the carnation earned its name from the Latin word “caro,” meaning flesh, as this was the colour of the first carnations. It is also thought to be derived from the Latin word “incarnation,” meaning the incarnation of God in the flesh.
Meaning + Myths
If you want to give the gift of flowers to a January-born loved one, make sure you pick the right colour for your Carnation. Each Carnation colour is thought to have a different meaning. The Farmer’s Almanac explains that pink Carnations can be interpreted as a sign of affection. Red Carnations signify love, white mean pure love and striped Carnations signify regret for unrequited love and yellow symbolises rejection or disappointment. Who knew?! Carnations represent love and distinction. If you’re a January-born baby, you will be both loving, distinguished and as individual as the Carnation flower.
Loving, Individual, Distinguished
January: The Snowdrop
In the depths of the dark month of January, you could be mistaken for thinking that all is quiet. However, under lowly trees and on hidden grass verges the delicate but brave snowdrop is making its journey to the surface. Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to appear as they work their way through the blanket of snow to bloom. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) earned their name from the combination of two Greek and Latin words. Galanthus, from the ancient Greek means milk white flower, while the Latin word nivalis means resembling snow. Carl Linnaeus classified the flower in 1753.
Meaning + Myths
Snowdrops are one of the few flowers that only grow in one colour. This is probably why the snowdrop symbolises purity. The snowdrop used to be considered bad luck because it always seemed to grow in graveyards, but in present day, this delicate flower signifies hope and beauty. If you were born in the month of January, you are filled with hope and appreciate beauty in all its forms.
Purity, Hope, Rebirth, Beauty
Do you think the flower for your birth month fits your charachter traits?
Happy new year and as ever, stay fabulous!