The Meaning & Symbolism of Birth Flowers in June

Whether it’s for your birthday or that of a close friend or loved one, knowing the June birth flowers is key to a meaningful gift or message tailored to that person. Officially, the June birth flower is the rose, along with the honeysuckle. Here we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the history and origins of this birth month flower, meaning and symbolism, and other popular gifting flowers in season this month.


The Official Birth Flower Calendar:

Month:Birth Flower:Meanings & Symbolism:
January:Carnations & SnowdropPink Carnations (love and appreciation), White Carnations (luck, love, and affection, Red Carnations (love and friendship). Snowdrop (hope and rebirth).
February:Violet, Iris and PrimroseViolets (faithful love, truth, loyalty, humility), Iris (hope, faith, passion, purity, and innocence), Primrose (affection, young love, undying affection)
March:DaffodilsDaffodils (new beginnings, faithfulness, luck, prosperity, and hope)
April:Daisy & Sweet PeaDaisy (purity, love, new beginnings, fertility, and motherhood). Sweet Pea (blissful pleasure, gratitude).
May:Lily of the Valley & HawthornLily of the Valley (romance, luck, happiness, purity, humility). Hawthorn (hope, love, beauty, fertility, and supreme happiness).
June:Roses & HoneysuckleRoses (love, passion, romance, purity, gratitude). Honeysuckle (happiness and eternal love).
July:Larkspur & Water LilyLarkspur (happiness, love); Water Lily (enlightenment, resurrection, purity, beauty, creation).
August:Gladiolus & PoppyGladiolus (integrity, honor, respect); Poppy (remembrance, prosperity, enchantment, sympathy).
September:Aster & Morning GloryAster (faith, love, achievement, and wisdom); Morning Glory (affection, intimate love, patience).
October:Marigolds & CosmosMarigolds (devotion, commitment); Cosmos (harmony, love, innocence, beauty, modesty, joy, and balance). 
November:Chrysanthemum & PeoniesChrysanthemum (friendship, love); Peonies (romance, prosperity, good fortune, honor, and compassion)
December:Narcissus, Poinsettia, and Holly,Narcissus (innocence and purity); Poinsettia (success, celebration); Holly (happiness and optimism).

Official Birth Flower for June: The Rose

June Birth Flower Roses

Roses, otherwise dubbed as ” The Queen of Flowers,” are undoubtedly one of the most popular and most loved flowers across the globe. A plethora of colors and types are available, from red single stems to pink climbing roses. Artificial roses have even gained popularity and high marketability.

History and Name Origin of Roses

According to fossil evidence, this woody flowering perennial is 35 million years old. A widely cultivated genus, Rosa has around 150 species grown throughout the world. Evidence of cultivation in China, Japan, and the rest of Central Asia dates back to around 5,000 years ago.

In Greek mythology, roses are believed to have been created by the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, from her tears and Adonis’ blood.

In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra wanted to be associated with the smell of roses, using the flowers in public appearances and filling the bed with rose petals on her wedding night.

Meanings and Symbolism of Roses

Roses are the first flower many people consider when thinking of gifting, especially when romance is involved. They are not known as the flower of love for nothing.

Recognized as the 15th wedding anniversary flower, a rose makes a versatile gift for many special occasions. The famed cut flower conveys varying messages depending on its color.

Red roses are perhaps the most famous expression of love, passion, and romance – the perfect gift for Valentines Day.

White roses, on the other hand, signify humility, purity, innocence, and new beginnings. A suitable Thank You gift for a loved one or on Mothers Day is a bouquet of pink roses as it represents admiration, appreciation, and gratitude.

Like other yellow flowers, yellow roses symbolize joy and friendship, although giving them may also indicate jealousy. Orange roses are widely available, too, and they represent desire and enthusiasm.

This popular flower is also the national floral emblem of the United States.

Buying Tips for June Birthday Flowers: Roses

Whether you’re gifting a red rose, a white rose or a yellow rose, there are several factors to consider in choosing the right one. Here’s a quick guide that’s worth noting.

  • Avoid buying roses that have been at the flower shop for too long. They should have crisp and firm petals as these are a good indication of freshness.
  • Do not pick roses in full bloom. Select roses with buds that have not opened yet and mix them with opened buds. Doing so will ensure different bloom phases.
  • Pick roses with strong, long stems and green, healthy leaves. These roses are long-lasting.

Roses typically last at least a week in a vase and could even last longer with proper cut flower care and maintenance. Using flower food, changing out the water regularly, cutting the stems, and pruning are some of the ways to prolong a rose flower’s vase life.


Official Birth Flowers for June: The Honeysuckle:

Honeysuckle June Birth Flower

Honeysuckle is the other birth flower for June. Though not as popular as roses, the honeysuckle flower and vine also suit bouquets and floral arrangements. The flowers have different colors, which vary from white to yellow, pink, and red. They are fragrant and attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

This June birth flower symbolizes happiness and eternal love. It also represents sweetness, which references the flower’s sweet nectar.


There are lots of beautiful flowers that also bloom in June, so you have plenty of choices for gifiting if you don’t want to opt for birthday flower for the month:

Peonies

Peony Flower Delivery in New York City

Peonies are sun-loving perennials that gained popularity because of their attractive blooms. Their flowers are large, fragrant, and come in a wide range of colors and types. The double-type peonies, in particular, make excellent cut flowers. 

Lilies

Lilies June Birthday Flowers

Lilies , popular for bouquets and floral arrangements, are recognized as the 30th Anniversary flower. Water lilies are also the official July birth flower. The lovely flowers bloom just in time for summer and hold several meanings. Generally, lilies are a symbol of devotion, purity, and humility. They also symbolize motherhood, rebirth, and good luck.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums birthday flowers for June

Chrysanthemums or mums are one of the best gifting flowers since they suit various occasions. Known as the birth flower for November, these blooms signify many positive emotions. They are a symbol of happiness, loyalty, cheerfulness, joy, and love.


Petal Republic’s Flower Guides:

Looking for a particular stem or in need of some inspiration on the best blooms for a certain occasion? Check out Petal Republic’s comprehensive guides to Roses, Sweet Woodruff, Tansy, Goldenrod, Edelweiss, Ranunculus, Lilies, Irises, Tulips, Orchids, Carnations, Gerbera Daisies, Camellia, and Peonies.  


Author

Madison is a writer and editor with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. She writes and photographs for various online and print publications in the gardening sphere and is the author of the book The Next-Generation Gardener.

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