Do you know what the July 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 July, or if you’d like to buy a personalised gift for a loved one with a July birthday, read on to find about more about the July birth flower and it’s symbolism.
July birth flower: Larkspur
The beautifully slender single stems of Larkspur make a real impact in a garden border or a bouquet. I think they’re particularly well-suited to looser arrangements and cottage garden style. Larkspur is an ideal candidate for a cutting garden, and can easily be grown as part of an existing border where it will add height and impact.
You may not have come across Larkspur, but it is similar to the delphinium. The main difference is that Larkspur is an annual which grows for one season, whereas delphiniums are perennial and will come back again year after year.
Larkspur generally carries the meaning of lightness, but like roses there is also a different meaning for each colour. Pink signifies fickleness, purple indicates first love, and white signifies a happy nature.
July birth flower: Water Lily
The water lily’s scientific name, Nymphaea, comes from the Greek word ‘nymph’. A nymph was a feminine spirit that inhabited wells, springs and waterways. Perfectly apt for a flower that thrives on the surface of water, don’t you think?
Water lilies signify purity (theres that meaning cropping up again for white flowers), and majesty. Interesting that there’s a humble and a grand meaning combined in one flower here.
I don’t think we’ll be seeing water lilies in flower bouquets very often. But it isn’t hard to imagine them gracing a bowl of water as a summer garden table centrepiece. And if you’re buying a gift for a pond owner with a July birthday, water lilies are a perfect choice!
July’s birth flowers are very different in terms of style, appearance and meanings. Do you have a favourite? I’d love a pond full of water lilies, maybe that needs to go on the ever-growing list for my dream garden 😉
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.