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February Birth Flowers - Meaning & Symbolism

Feb 18, 2021

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For those born in the second month of the year, the month of February isn’t just about celebrating Valentine’s Day according to petalrepublic.com. February is the shortest month of the year with only 28 to 29 days, and that alone makes it all the more special for February birthday celebrants. Sure, there’s something special about receiving flowers in February for Valentine’s Day, but receiving February birthday flowers for your special day in the same month? Here we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Official Birth Flowers for February – the Violet, Iris, and Primrose.
 
Violet
 
Although not as widely popular as roses, violets are impressive flowering plants in their own way. It was named violet or viola in Latin as a reference to the flowers’ traditional violet-colored petals. But do you know that these fragrant and delicate February birth flowers also bloom in white, yellow, cream, and blue? 
 
Violets hold a rich history and different symbolisms. According to a myth, St. Valentine crushed violet flowers to make ink and write notes to his friends during his banishment. A violet flower was also used to make the love potion in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Ancient Greeks also use violet flowers in love potions. Because of such, violets symbolize romance, fertility, and love. The sweet-scented violets also represent truth, loyalty, modesty, spiritual wisdom, and humility.
 
Purple violets symbolize faithful love, while white violets signify innocence, candor, and simplicity.
 
Iris
 
The elegant Iris flower is one of the birthday flowers for February, which seems really appropriate since it is also the symbolic flower of the Greek goddess and messenger of love, Iris.
 
This famed ornamental blooms in several colors, including blue, purple, yellow, white, orange, red, pink, brown, and even black. Irises, in general, are a symbol of hope, eloquence, faith, communication, and wisdom.
 
Purple iris flowers signify wisdom and compliment, while blue irises represent hope and faith. The yellow ones, on the other hand, are a symbol of passion. And much like white flowers in general, white iris flowers signify purity and innocence.
 
Primrose
 
If you think that primroses are related to roses because of the name, then you’re wrong. Primroses are perennial plants from the Primulaceae family, while roses are from the botanical family of Rosaceae. The early-flowering primroses produce colorful blooms in white, yellow, red, and brown hues.
 
The name primrose originated from the Latin word primus, which means “first” or “early”.
 
The origins of primrose being one of the February birth flowers can be tracked down in Norse mythology. Primrose is the sacred flower of the Norse goddess of love, Freya.

 
Primroses mean, “I can’t live without you”. The flowers symbolize modesty, young love, and undying affection. In particular, lilac primroses represent confidence, and red primroses signify unappreciated merit.
 


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