Do you know what the February birth flower is?
Just like birthstones, there are birth month flowers for every month of the year. Birth month flowers are usually in season during their specific month, so they should be easy to find in florists and mixed bouquets – making them perfect for a really thoughtful gift, or just a treat for yourself.
If your birthday is in February, or if you’d like to buy a personalised gift for a loved one with a February birthday, read on to find about more about the February birth flower and it’s symbolism.
February birth flower: Violets
Violets (also known as violas and pansies) are hardy little plants. Their ability to tolerate the cold means we see them everywhere at this time of year. They do a brilliant job of cheering up the garden before spring gets going, and they make a lovely gift in an outdoor container.
The ancient Greeks saw violets as a symbol of fertility and love, but nowadays they symbolise watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Given how tough and dependable these plants are, I think they suit their modern meaning better!
February birth flower: Primroses
I have really strong childhood memories of hunting in the woods for the first primroses, so for me they really do signify the start of spring.
While primroses do not belong to the rose family, their name originates from either the Old French word primerose, or the medieval Latin prima rosa, both meaning “first rose”.
Giving primroses as a gift conveys the message that you can’t live without the recipient. Serious stuff for such a pretty little flower!
Here’s a quick video guide to caring for primroses:
Primroses are synonymous with cottage gardens and, being a woodland plant, they love light shade and moist soil. Plant them under a tree for a brilliant spring display.
February’s birth flowers are all about the promise of spring, aren’t they? They may be small and unassuming, but after the long winter months they feel very special. They also give us an exciting little hint of what’s to come as the weather warms up. Which is your favourite February birth flower?
More birth month flowers
If you’d like to learn more about the origins of birth month flowers, this post covers the history of the concept. It also has links to the birth month flowers for every month of the year.