February is the month of love and romance. Cupid comes out to play and roses seem to be the flowers on everyone’s mind. Did you know that Primroses and violets are the two February birth flowers. Find out all about these flowers, their symbolism and meaning as gifts.
What is February’s Birth Flower?
Contrary to popular belief, the birth flowers for the romantic month of February are Primroses and Violet flowers. As much as everyone loves a beautiful rose on Valentine’s Day, they’re not the official birth flower of February.
The name primrose derives from the Latin word “primus” which means early or first, implying that the primrose is the first flower to bloom in spring.
What is the Meaning of Primrose?
The primrose symbolises a unique bond and indicates you cannot live without that person. Makes sense why they’re the February birth flower, don’t you think?
Primrose Interesting Facts
Primroses are edible! You can use this fabulous flower’s leaves to make tea and the blooms can create wine.
English superstition says that children eating primroses may become able to see fairies and in Germany, the first girl to find a primrose during Easter would get married that year.
What Do Primroses Say About February Babies?
Because primroses are the epitome of young love and youth, they speak to the affectionate nature of babies born in the second month of the year. They make devoted friends, adoring lovers, and supportive colleagues.
Tips For Buying Primroses
Always make a careful inspection of the primroses’ petals when you purchase them. You want to avoid blooms with brown spots or dried black ends since these indicate improper cutting, in the case of the first, or that the flowers are past their prime, in the case of the second.
If you’re looking to grow these beautiful blooms yourself, here’s a full guide on how to plant primrose flowers.
The word violet derives from the Latin word “viola” which means violet colour or violet flower.
What is the Meaning of Violet?
Giving someone a violet symbolises loyalty and faithfulness. It’s a great way to show them you truly care and will always be there when they need you.
Not only are there hundreds of different species of violets, but we have known about them since Ancient Greece. They are very adaptable flowers, growing according to what their environment dictates, and they’re the official bloom of the state of Illinois in the United States of America.
The history books tell us that they were the signature blossom of Napoleon Bonaparte and they have some nutritional value, so you could add them to a dish or two. You may even find them in your dish when dining at some of the world’s finest restaurants!
What Do Violets Say About February Babies?
They speak to February babies’ ability to handle whatever’s thrown at them and to a measure of selflessness that is deeply admirable. February babies are always out to make the world a little better and their compassion and generosity seem boundless.
Like the violet, they add beauty to their friends’ and family’s lives and feed their souls in the way this flower can our bodies.
Tips For Buying Violets
The stems should be wet since this shows that they’ve been properly stored in water to preserve them. You should also try and find flowers that haven’t bloomed yet. Bulbs that are still tightly closed indicate that the flowers are recently cut and haven’t peaked yet. If you can already see the wide-open bloom, then they have been sitting for some time and probably won’t last that long after you get them home.
The only exception to this rule is if you’re looking for something to brighten up a dinner or party you’re hosting the same day. Then your open flowers can make a lovely addition to any room!
Buying Flowers For A February Birthday
For Your Mom Or Dad
Yellow violets carry with them the meaning of goodness and high worth, so presenting them to your parents in a bouquet sends them a heartfelt message of the high esteem you hold them in. Primroses can symbolise femininity, so they’re particularly apt when given from a daughter, or to celebrate something special for the mother.
For Your Partner
The blue violet variation symbolises faithfulness and love, and what better gift to give your lover than this kind of promise? Primroses can also symbolise young love, so adding them to a bouquet can add a special poignancy if the relationship is new. But you can even give them to a long-standing partner to indicate that they make you feel like you did when you were young!
For Your Grandparents
The lavender hue of the best-known variety of violet speaks to elegance, grace, and refinement, and what better way is there to describe your grandparents? This colour holds a near sacred place in the natural world and violet flowers are generally considered to be the most delicate and precious of all, another very insightful compliment to your relationship with your mother’s or father’s parents.
For A Friend Or Colleague
The colour purple, thanks to its association with kings, queens, and the nobility, has come to symbolise success in its most fantastic form. Creating a bouquet with purple violets to give to someone you work with or for is a wonderful way of telling them that they’re doing a great job. And the purity of the primrose will let them know that your intentions are honest, and you mean only to let them know you think well of them.
Life’s About More Than Just Roses
February is the month of love and as the poem goes, “Roses are reds, violets are blue…” If you’re looking to spoil your loved one on their birthday in February, the primrose or violet may be perfect for you!