What are the May Birth Flowers? Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn

The two birth flowers for May are the fragrant white flowers of the Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn, which both flower in spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

May Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley

The primary May flower is Lily of the Valley, a scented woodland plant which flowers in spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

The second part of the scientific name Convallaria majalis means 'belonging to / of May'.

The Lily of the Valley has been used as a floral emblem in Yugoslavia, Finland and Norway.

 

May Birth Flower: Hawthorn.

The second May flower is the Hawthorn, a common shrub that also produces fragrant white flowers in the spring.

The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times says that Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley symbolize happiness, humility and sweetness.