Birth Flower for January

According to the language of flowers, or floriography, each month of the year has its own symbolic flower.
Like birthstones, birth flowers are particular blooms that represent birth months.

The month of January has two birth flowers - snowdrop and carnation.

January Birthflower - Snowdrop

One of the birth flowers of January is the snowdrop. While snowdrops may be the less recognizable of the month’s two birth flowers, that doesn’t take away from how gorgeous they are!

Snowdrops are elegant white flowers that typically bloom during winter and early spring. They symbolise hope and rebirth. This meaning comes from the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, where God sends down snow after casting Eve away from the garden.

Since the earth was cold and bare, an angel breathed on a snowflake and created a beautiful; snowdrop flower. As these snowdrops bloom in pure white, they also represent purity. Their delicate petals are long, thin, and bent slightly like a droplet.

Snowdrop flowers in winter

Snowdrops are small and delicate flowering plants that are native to Europe and Asia. They belong to the amaryllis family and are known for their white, bell-shaped blooms that appear in early spring. They are also known for their ability to naturalize, or spread and multiply, in gardens and woodlands, creating a beautiful and long-lasting display.

Snowdrops are a popular choice for rock gardens, woodland gardens, and naturalistic planting schemes, and they can also be used in cut flower arrangements to add a touch of early spring to indoor spaces.

Meaning and Symbolism of the Snowdrop

Due to its timing, the snowdrop has come to symbolize hope and the arrival of spring. The sight of these flowers emerging from the snow is a welcome sign of the end of winter and the arrival of warmer weather.

In addition to hope, the snowdrop is also associated with purity, innocence, and new beginnings. The white color of the flowers is said to symbolize these qualities, and the snowdrop is often given as a symbol of hope and renewal, especially during times of grief or loss.

Language of Flowers

In the language of flowers, the snowdrop is sometimes seen as a symbol of consolation, and is said to convey a message of comfort and hope. This symbolism is reflected in the popular folktale that the snowdrop is a flower that bloomed from the tears of a young girl who had died, and is now a symbol of the hope and happiness she left behind.

In the Christian tradition, the snowdrop is also associated with the feast of Candlemas, which takes place on February 2nd, and is seen as a symbol of the arrival of spring and the arrival of Jesus as the light of the world.

The snowdrop is a meaningful and symbolic plant, with a rich cultural history and a wide range of associations. Whether given as a symbol of hope, purity, or renewal, the snowdrop is a beautiful and meaningful gift for anyone born in January.

Celebrate your birth month with this beautiful January birthstone and birthflower necklace.  

The snowdrop petal pendant symbolises hope, purity and new beginnings.  

Carnation - Birth Flower January

Carnations are a popular and versatile flowering plant that have been cultivated for thousands of years. They belong to the family Caryophyllaceae and are known for their sweet fragrance and long-lasting blooms.

Carnations come in a range of colors, including pink, red, white, yellow, and purple, and they are often used in cut flower arrangements and as garden plants. They are easy to grow and care for and are a popular choice for beginner gardeners and experienced horticulturists alike. In addition to their beauty, carnations are also associated with love, fascination, and distinction, making them a popular choice for gifts and special occasions.

They bloom in the spring and summer and are often grown in beds, borders, and as potted plants.No matter the colour, carnations symbolise admiration and distinction. A good option for a Mother’s Day bouquet!

The meaning of the Carnation

Carnations are also the birthflower for the month of January. As the birthflower for this month, carnations symbolize love and affection, making them a fitting representation for people born in January.

It is believed that carnations bring good luck, love, and happiness to those born under their sign. Whether given as a gift or grown in a personal garden, carnations are a meaningful and beautiful representation of the month of January and the people born during this time.

Birth Flower of January Gift Ideas

Birth flowers make for a meaningful gift for a loved one. If you are searching for a gift for a loved one born in January, make their day with a birth flower necklace!

Our Birth Flower and Birthstone Jewellery Collection consists of 12 different flower necklaces all paired with their matching birthstone. Each petal pendant has been made using an actual flower, that is then cast in silver.

January’s birth flower necklace features a textured snowdrop petal pendant, paired with a garnet birthstone charm-January's birthstone.

A flower necklace is a great way to show someone born in January or who loves snowdrops that they are on your mind and in your heart!


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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