Roses tend to dominate the scene in February to honor the official day of romance: Valentine’s Day. However, not to be overshadowed by the pinks and reds is the vibrant purple hue of the violet. This delicate flowering plant is the official birth flower for those who celebrate their birthdays in the month of February. Here’s all you need to know about the February birth flower: the violet.
The sweet-scented violet flower symbolizes truth and loyalty, while also embodying a sense of modesty, spiritual wisdom and humility. This faithful blooming plant is named after its traditional purple petals, which is in keeping with February’s purple birthstone, the amethyst. However, violet flowers also bloom in white, blue and yellow. The purple petals are said to further mean “I’ll always be true,” while the white variant signifies “taking a chance.” There are over 500 species of violet, including the closely related pansies, which are brightly colored hybrid plants with similar petals.
With its vibrant hues and delicate petals, the violet flower has also been used by medieval herbalists for its healing properties. Another fun fact: The violet is the official state flower of Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois and New Jersey.
If you have friends or loved ones who celebrate a birthday in February, send them a violet plant or an arrangement for a gift with an added personal touch. Since violet is a flowering plant, this gift will keep on giving. When you send them their birth flower, they can plant the violet in their garden and watch it bloom throughout the year. The Sweet Violet Trio arrangement is a perfect option, as each plant comes complete with a little pot of soil, ready to be transported to the garden after a few days on the dining table.
If they don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry! Part of the gift could be to help them plant and care for the violet or you can get them another present that’s reminiscent of their birthday flower. Candles, body lotions and bath bombs with violet bloom scents will also make a fabulous gift for those celebrating this month. Alternatively, any gift with the amethyst will carry the same symbolic meaning. And of course if your special day lands in the month of February, we are big proponents of treating yourself to your own violet gift!
Along with the plant or violet-scented goodies, a birthday cake donned with the flowers is the perfect way to celebrate a February birthday. Plus, many people are already excited about this purple hue, as Pantone named Ultra Violet the official color of 2018. This will make it easy if you’re looking for gifts or planning a February birthday party, as you can find this cosmic color everywhere this year. This is also great news for those with birthdays this month, as its the perfect excuse to keep up the violet decor all year long! Here’s some inspiration for decorating with Ultra Violet hues.
If you’re celebrating another year in February, you share the month with a fabulous crowd, including Farrah Fawcett, Steve Jobs, Yoko Ono, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Drew Barrymore. Here’s to celebrating like a celebrity – have a wonderful birthday!