The birth flowers for December are the pretty Narcissus and the vibrant Poinsettia, which both flower during the month of December.
December Birth Flower: Narcissus
The primary birthday flower for December is the Narcissus which blooms in late winter to spring (Northern Hemisphere).
Narcissus is a group of plants in the amaryllis family, also known as Daffodil or Jonquil, and the flowers are white, yellow or orange.
Narcissus are native to woodlands and meadows of southern Europe and North Africa, with the center of diversity in the western Mediterranean.
The name Narcissus is linked to the Greek word for 'narcotic' and the Greek myth of a youth that fell in love with his own reflection (narcissism).
December Birth Flower: Poinsettia
The vibrant red Poinsettia is the second birthday flower for December and is widely used in Christmas decorations.
The Poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico but has been introduced world wide and there are a number of cultivated varieties. It is the national flower of the Caribbean island country of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Poinsettia was named after a US ambassador to Mexico, J.R Poinsett, who is thought to have informed botanists about this attractive plant.
The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times says that Poinsettias symbolize good cheer and success.
Birth flower reference: Floriography Today by S. Theresa Dietz (2000)
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