Birth Flower for August

Do you know what the August birth flower is?  The month of August has two birth flowers: the poppy and the gladiolus.

Like birthstones, birth flowers are assigned to each month of the year.These birth flowers come from floriography or the language of flowers, and they were introduced in the 18th century.

Do you speak the language of flowers? Read on to find out more about August's birth flowers and their meanings.

What is the August Birthflower?

August Birthflower - Poppy

Poppies are a favourite because of their bright flowers and rich histories in Western culture. Available in a rainbow of beautiful colours, these flowers are very popular in the late summer months.

In the west, poppies typically symbolise remembrance. For this reason, they are often displayed around Memorial Day.

Poppies come in various colours with different meanings. Red poppies symbolise happiness while yellow poppies represent prosperity. White poppies stand for sympathy, and purple shows enchantment.

The Poppy Flower

Poppy is a bright and showy flower that is native to Europe and Asia and is widely cultivated for its beauty and versatility. The flowers come in a range of colors, including red, pink, orange, yellow, and white, and are often used in gardens, meadows, and as cut flowers.

Poppy flowers have large, papery blooms that sit atop slender stems, and their distinctive shape and bold color make them a popular choice for floral arrangements. The leaves of the poppy are lobed and blue-green in color, and the plant produces seed pods that contain numerous tiny seeds. Poppies are annual plants that bloom in the late spring or early summer and are easy to grow in well-drained soils.

They are often grown in masses to create a dramatic display of color, and their ability to naturalize in gardens and meadows has made them a favorite of gardeners and wildflower enthusiasts. With their bold blooms and long vase life, poppies are a popular choice for adding a splash of color and charm to any garden or floral arrangement.

August Birthflower Meaning

Symbolism of the Poppy

The poppy is the birthflower for the month of August and is associated with a rich and complex symbolic meaning. The bright and vibrant blooms of the poppy are often associated with remembrance, hope, and peace, making it a fitting birthflower for those born in August.

The flower's bright red color is thought to represent the blood of fallen soldiers, and poppies have long been worn as a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died in war. In the language of flowers, poppies are also associated with rest and oblivion, and their delicate and fleeting beauty is often seen as a reminder of the transience of life.

Poppies are also believed to bring comfort, hope, and joy to those who receive them, making them a popular choice for gifts and floral arrangements.

Whether worn as a symbol of remembrance or enjoyed for their beauty and grace, the poppy is a meaningful and inspiring birthflower for those born in August.

While this makes a perfect thoughtful gift for your August-born loved ones, it also makes a great addition to your loved ones jewellery collection, if they love poppy flowers or peridot.  

August Birth Flower

Gladiolus - Birth Flower August

The other August birth flower is the Gladiolus. Gladiolus is also known as ‘sword lily’, and it comes in red, pink, white, yellow and purple.

In general, gladioli symbolise strength and faithfulness. Delicate red petals stand for love, while white and yellow gladioli represent joy.

This August birth flower also stands for love and remembrance - making them a lovely flower for the 40th-anniversary.


Gladiolus Flowers

Gladiolus is a tall, striking flower that is prized for its vibrant blooms and elegant form. The flowers grow on spikes that can reach up to six feet in height and are composed of large, showy blooms that resemble a sword, hence its common name, "gladius," which is Latin for "sword."

Gladiolus flowers are available in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, red, yellow, and purple, and are often used in cut flower arrangements, as well as for garden beds and borders. The leaves of the gladiolus are long, narrow, and grass-like, and the plant is native to South Africa.

Gladiolus is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and is often grown as a summer-blooming bulb. The plant prefers well-drained soil and full sun, and the spikes of blooms can last for several weeks. With their tall stature, bold blooms, and long vase life, gladiolus is a popular choice for adding height and color to any garden or floral arrangement.

August Birthflowers

Meaning and Symbolism of Gladiolus

Gladiolus is the birthflower for the month of August and is associated with a number of different symbolic meanings.

The tall, stately spikes of the gladiolus are thought to represent strength, morality, and integrity, making it a fitting symbol for those born in August. The flower's sword-like shape is also said to represent the qualities of honor and bravery, and it is often given as a gesture of support or encouragement.

In the language of flowers, gladiolus is associated with the qualities of love at first sight, and its bright and vibrant blooms are often seen as a symbol of passion and romantic love.

The flower is also thought to bring good luck and prosperity, making it a popular choice for wedding arrangements and other special occasions. Whether given as a gift or grown in a garden, the gladiolus is a meaningful and inspiring symbol of strength, love, and hope for those born in August.

Birth Flower of August Gift Ideas

Now that you know that poppy is one August birth flower, you have a perfect gift idea for someone born in August!  These beautiful flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days!

Of course, a poppy necklace is also a must-have for those who love the flower.

Our Birth Flower collection has each of the twelve month’s flower petals paired with the matching birthstone. The petals are taken from real flowers and then cast in silver.  August's birthstone is the beautiful peridot gemstone.

The detailed textures of each flower are preserved in silver! Flowers have always been a special way to show loved ones that they are on your mind. That’s what makes birth flower necklaces a go-to gift! 


Birth Flower of the month and their meaning

Birthflower Chart - Birth Flower by Month

Click on the months below to read more about birthflowers.

Month Flower Meaning and Symbolism
January Birthflower
The carnation symbolises love and affection. The snow drop means hope, innocence and purity.
February Birthflower Primrose mean young love and vitality.  Violets symbolise loyalty and faithfulness.
March Birthflower The daffodil (also the jonquil) symbolises happiness, friendships and new beginnings.
April Birthflower A daisy symbolises purity, innocence and true love. Sweet Pea's mean blissful pleasure
May Birthflower The Lily-of-the-valley symbolises humility and sweetness. The hawthorn flower is a sign of hope and happiness.
June Birthflower The rose means passion and love.  Honeysuckle symbolises everlasting love.
July Birthflower Larkspur symbolises an open heart and positivity.  The lotus/water lily is deeply spiritual and stands for purity and patience.
August Birthflower Gladiolus symbolises strength of character.  The poppy means remembrance, happiness and success.
September Birthflower The Aster has a meaning of wisdom, faith and powerful love.
October Birthflower The marigold is associated with creativity and passion. Marigolds can also symbolise grief and despair over losing a loved one. Cosmos mean peace and harmony.
November Birthflower The chrysanthemum stands for love and loyalty.
December Birthflower Narcissus symbolise hope and wealth.  Holly represents happiness & protection.


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