The January Birth Flowers are the Carnation and Snowdrop

The birth flowers for January are pretty carnations and exquisite white snowdrops, which bloom in mid winter in the northern hemisphere.

January Birth Flower: Carnation

The primary birthday flower of January is the carnation.

The carnation likely originated in the Mediterranean and its natural flower color is pinkish-purple. Nowadays there are a variety of colors of this popular flower which has been cultivated for the past 2000 years.

The carnation is the national flower for Spain, Monaco and Slovenia and the scarlet carnation is the state flower of Ohio, USA.

The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times associate carnations with fascination, distinction and love.

January Birth Flower: Snowdrop

The second flower for January is the snowdrop which flowers in winter in the northern hemisphere, even emerging through the snow. Snowdrops originated in Europe and the Middle East but have been introduced to many other parts of the world.

The botanical name for the common snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis.  This name is derived from Greek gala = milk and anthas = flower, and Latin nivalis = of snow.


Birth flower reference: Floriography Today by S. Theresa Dietz (2000)

Books about the Language of Flowers

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