Birth Flowers: A Month-by-Month Guide to Floral Symbolism

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What are birth flowers?

Birth flowers come from the ancient practice of Alchemy and Herbal medicine called Spagyrics or Plant Alchemy. It was used to heal various ailments. This practice spans across various cultures both western and eastern.

Spagyrics and cosmic rhythms are closely related. Therefore, it has lead to the classification of plants into specific planets. The plants come under the influence of a certain planet sometimes even two. However, there is always one stronger planet that links to the plant.

In astrology all planets link to a zodiac sign or two. The planets in traditional astrology the zodiacs are ruled by sun, moon, mars, venus, mercury, jupiter and saturn. In contrast, modern astrology uses the planets uranus, neptune and pluto.

Why are there two birth flowers for each month?

Each month can have several flowers are its birth flowers. This is because each plant is classified based on its anatomy and characteristics, therefore, each month would have a list of herbs, flower and tree associated to it.

Do birth flowers have meaning?

Birth flowers do have meaning. Those meanings can be influenced by several factors such as their origins and myths attached to it. Their history such as flowers being transported to different places in the world. Its uses beyond decorative purposes, such as medicinal, ritualistic and other uses.

Birth Flowers

How do you figure out your birth flower?

In order to figure out your birth flower, you must first know your zodiac. Once you have found your zodiac, you then want to find flowers, herbs and trees that are associated with the ruling planet of your zodiac sign.

If you’re struggling to find your ruling planet then check out this quick guide to help you below (please note we use traditional astrology on this website):

Zodiac SignBirth DatesTraditional Ruling PlanetModern Ruling Planet
AriesMarch 21 – April 19MarsMars
TaurusApril 20 – May 20VenusVenus
GeminiMay 21 – June 20MercuryMercury
CancerJune 21 – July 22MoonMoon
LeoJuly 23 – August 22SunSun
VirgoAugust 23 – September 22MercuryMercury
LibraSeptember 23 – October 22VenusVenus
ScorpioOctober 23 – November 21MarsPluto
SagittariusNovember 22 – December 21JupiterJupiter
CapricornDecember 22 – January 19SaturnSaturn
AquariusJanuary 20 – February 18SaturnUranus
PiscesFebruary 19 – March 20JupiterNeptune

Now that you know your zodiac and ruling planet, let’s take a deep dive into the different herbs, flowers and trees that fall under each zodiac.

List of Birth Flowers

Discover some examples of birth flowers by zodiac and by months.

Planet: Under the dominion of the sun
Zodiac: Leo
Months: July and August

CrocusScarlet Pimpernel

Planet: Under the dominion of the moon
Zodiac: Cancer
Months: June and July

Lunaria AnnuaMyrrh
Cotton Blossom

Planet: Under the dominion of Mars
Zodiacs: Aries and Scorpio
Months: March, April, October and November


Planet: Under the dominion of Venus
Zodiacs: Taurus and Libra
Months: April, May, September and October


Planet: Under the dominion of Mercury
Zodiacs: Gemini and Virgo
Months: May, June, August and September

Lily of the ValleyClover
Chrysanthemum Bouquet

Planet: Under the dominion of Jupiter
Zodiacs: Pisces and Sagittarius
Months: February, March, November and December


Planet: Under the dominion of Saturn
Zodiacs: Aquarius and Capricorn
Months: January, February and December

HollyHedera Helix
HelleboreSolomon’s Seal


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Junius, M. M. (1986). Practical handbook of plant alchemy: How to prepare medicinal essences, tinctures and elixirs. Inner Traditions Bear and Company.

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