Flower Power

 In addition to birthstones, months are also designated one or more birth flowers, with each bud personifying distinct traits. Whether or not these flowers truly reflect a birthday boy or girl, composing a unique gift of birth flowers can be a thoughtful gesture. Halle Frey of Flower and Fringe in West Palm Beach put together this joint July/August birth flower bouquet consisting of larkspurs, poppies, and gladioluses. (561-596-4831)

Photo Credit: Ashley Meyer

Birth Flowers at a Glance

Carnation, different meaning depending on color with red representing love, pink meaning affection, white indicating pure love, and yellow signifying rejection. Snowdrop, connotes beauty and hope.

Violet, associated with loyalty. Primrose, often correlated with youth and the inability to live without someone special.

Daffodil, represents deep, unequaled love. Jonquil, a type of daffodil used to indicate friendship.

Daisy, associated with innocence and purity. Sweet pea, frequently employed to say goodbye but also represents blissful pleasure.

Lily of the valley, means humility and sweetness. Hawthorn, signifies hope and the utmost happiness.

Rose, numerous meanings depending on color, including love (red), innocence (white), and even jealousy (yellow). Honeysuckle, is also representative of the bonds of love.

Water lily, conveys purity. Larkspur, meaning varies depending on color but can represent fickleness (pink), joyfulness (white), and a first love (purple).

Gladiolus, signifies integrity. Poppy, takes on different connotations based on its hue, with red equaling pleasure and yellow translating to success.

Aster, representative of powerful love. Morning glory, totems of affection.

Marigold, associated with the fiercest of loves. Cosmos, correlates to peace and serenity.

Chrysanthemum, another one with multihued meanings, with red being love, white being purity, and yellow being a slighted love.

Narcissus, symbolizes egoism and confidence. Holly, conveys domestic happiness.

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