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February birth flowers & what they symbolise

Annabel Thain Content marketing executive 🌱
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Find the right faux floral gift this February by exploring the latest in our series of birth flower blog posts.

While most of us are familiar with our zodiac signs or birthstones, many are not aware of the existence and significance of birth flowers. Just like zodiac signs, birth flowers carry their very own unique meanings, adding an extra notch of thoughtfulness when selecting birthday blooms. Whether you're in search of the perfect birthday bouquet or a special floral arrangement for any occasion, understanding the characteristics associated with each month's birth flower can be incredibly helpful.  

Join us on a journey through the floral calendar as we explore the meanings behind each month's bloom – a perfect guide for those seeking the ideal floral gift! 

What are February’s birth flowers? 

Despite Valentine's Day taking centre stage in February, it might be surprising to discover that the red rose is not the designated birth month flower for this romantic month. Instead, individuals born in February are associated with the violet and primrose.  

What do violets symbolise? 

Violet stands out as one of the first plants to bloom in the spring. Characterised by pretty heart-shaped leaves and asymmetrical flowers, violets display a diverse range of colours. While many are violet coloured, staying true to their name, others come in shades of blue, yellow, white, and cream. A fascinating feature is the occurrence of bicolored violets, notably combining shades of blue and yellow in a single bloom.  

So, what do these pretty flowers symbolise?  

  • Faithfulness and loyalty: In Greek mythology, violets were associated with faithfulness and loyalty. Legend has it that Zeus transformed his mortal lover Io into a heifer to protect her from his wife Hera, and Io grazed on violets during her time on Earth. 

  • Spring and new beginnings: As one of the early bloomers in spring, violets are also associated with the arrival of the season and the idea of new beginnings. 

  • Symbol of female love: Violets hold importance for women in the LGBTQ+ community, where they are sometimes used as a symbol of love between women. 

What do primroses symbolise? 

Primroses symbolise various meanings, often associated with positive and uplifting sentiments. Here are some common symbolisms attributed to primroses: 

  • Youth and new beginnings: Primroses are often seen as symbols of youth and the promise of new beginnings. Their vibrant colours and early spring bloom contribute to the association with the freshness and vitality of youth. 

  • Love and affection: Similar to violets, primroses are considered symbols of love and affection. They are often exchanged as tokens of appreciation and fondness. 

  • Hope and optimism: The early blooming nature of primroses, often heralding the arrival of spring, makes them a symbol of hope and optimism. They represent the anticipation of brighter days and the end of winter. 

Blooming Artificial alternatives  to February blooms

There's no reason to limit yourself exclusively to February's designated blooms. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities to integrate the symbolism and characteristics associated with each month into your thoughtful gift-giving. 

An alternative to violets if you’re looking to symbolise loyalty, are purple tulips. These pretty, purple blooms are the perfect way to show your commitment. Another example of a flower that represents loyalty is the humble daisy. Whilst more commonly associated with purity, these simple, happy flowers have also been known to symbolise loyalty. To explore our range of artificial daisies click here. 

If you’re looking for an alternative flower to symbolise the new begins often associated with primroses, then why not consider an orchid. Orchids, with their exquisite beauty and exotic allure, showcase a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes. Throughout history, they have symbolized new beginnings, growth, and rejuvenation. Check out the entire range of faux orchids here

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And there we have it – our top tips for celebrating those born in February! Wondering what your birth flower is? Discover more information in our blog post birth month flowers & artificial alternatives.