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August Birth Flowers: The Gladiolus and The Poppy

There’s nothing quite like celebrating a birthday during the summer. The weather’s warm and there’s no school, as well as and plenty of work vacation time saved up to observe the special day for your loved one. At this year’s birthday bash, don’t just show up with a card and a random vase of flowers. Instead, pick a bouquet with meaning! The two August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy. These gorgeous offerings make beautiful stand-alone bouquets or can complement each other effortlessly in a vase.


Whether it’s your own birthday or you’re celebrating for one of your closest friends or family members, you may consider gifting an arrangement of one of the following August birth flowers:



The gladiolus is one of the official birth flowers of August, symbolizing strength of character, faithfulness, integrity, infatuation and persistence. Its nickname, the “sword lily,” comes from its unique shape – its flowers grow from a tall spike that’s lined with sharp leaves – and its Latin name, “gladius,” which means sword.


If you’re gifting these lovely flowers to someone with an August birthday, perhaps you’ll choose a color based on your feelings toward them! Consider the following hues that identifies your relationship with the August baby:

  • Red symbolizes love
  • Pink symbolizes compassion
  • White symbolizes innocence
  • Yellow symbolizes joy
  • Purple symbolizes charm and grace


No matter which color you choose, gladiolus blooms go great with white orchids, creating the perfect end-of-summer bouquet with a touch of elegance.



According to Country Living magazine, the poppy is one of the most popular wildflowers grown across the U.S. It’s also another August birthday flower! While widely known in it’s rich shade of red, poppies also grow in various other hues, such as orange, yellow, white, purple and pink. The meaning of the poppy varies from country to country, but it’s most commonly symbolic for recovery, restful sleep, remembering the fallen armed forces, thoughts for a death in the family and eternal life. The poppy can also represent extravagance, luxury, beauty and success. Here are the meanings behind each color variation of the flower:

  • Red is the symbol of death, remembrance, consolation and love
  • White is a representation of peace and rest
  • Purple, pink and blue are noted as symbols of imagination, success and luxury

Poppies are great on their own, but a florist can talk to you about different flowers to add to the vase if you’re interested in creating your own unique bouquet.


Gift These Floral Arrangements

What better way to show your love and appreciation for your friend, family member or special someone celebrating an August birthday than with a beautiful bouquet of gladiolus or poppy flower, the official birth flowers of August?  Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to these types of flowers. If you’re looking for something different for a August baby this month, we have birthday flowers that fit everyone in your life!


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