The Official July Birth Flower

July is the month when the summer season is in full swing! It also means that more and more plants are in full bloom, and a vivid display of flowers is not unusual. The official birth flowers for July, which are larkspur and water lily, are among those in season during the seventh month of the year. 

Learn more about the official birth flowers for July through our quick guide below. 


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 HollyNarcissus (innocence and purity); Poinsettia (success, celebration); Holly (happiness and optimism).

Birth Flower for July: Larkspur

Larkspur Official July Birth Flower

The official birth flowers for July are larkspurs. These popular ornamentals flaunt tall flower spikes typically in shades of pink, white, and lavender. Often confused with delphiniums because of their similar appearance, larkspurs (Consolida spp.) are annuals while delphiniums (Delphiniums spp.) are perennials. However, larkspur or perennial larkspur is another common name for delphiniums.

Brief History and Name Origin of Larkspur

The July birthday flower is also known as lark’s heel, lark’s toes, lark’s claw, and knight’s spur. The name larkspur refers to the shape of the flower’s spur-like petals as they resemble the claws of a lark bird. According to Greek mythology, the first larkspur plant sprouted on the land where Ajax the Great died during the famous Battle of Troy.

For years, larkspurs used to be part of the Delphinium genus until they were re-classified as Consolida in the same Ranunculus botanical family. 

There is no specific information as to how larkspur became July’s official birth flower. Perhaps the most plausible reason is their seasonality and availability since larkspur flowers are readily available during this month.

Meanings and Symbolism of a Larkspur Flower

Generally, larkspur flowers symbolize love, joy, romanticism, and positivity. Nevertheless, the July birth flower holds numerous meanings depending on their color. 

Pink larkspur flowers are a known symbol of capriciousness and disagreement. On the other hand, white larkspurs are on the opposite side of the spectrum as they represent happiness, joy, and easygoing nature. Purple and blue larkspurs are the most common color available. The purple flowers are a symbol of first love and affection, while the blue ones signify grace, honor, and respect

Buying Tips for July Birthday Flowers: Larkspurs

Due to many flower hues, larkspurs make an excellent and unusual flower gift for any celebration or occasion. You can get a bouquet of white larkspur flowers for Mother’s Day or anniversaries, or a shade of purple or blue for birthdays, job promotion, or any special celebrations. A mix of several colors in a single bouquet is also a nice idea. 

Regardless, it is crucial to pick the freshest flowers available when buying larkspurs. Avoid buying larkspurs that have been on display for too long, or those that exhibit wilting, drying, yellowing of the leaves, or pest and disease damages. These plants are ethylene sensitive, thus apply an anti-ethylene product if they are not pre-treated.  

Unlike most cut flowers, taking care of larkspurs flowers does not require much time and effort. However, their vase life is shorter than other popular blooms, lasting for only four days to more or less a week. To maximize their beauty, make sure to give sufficient water and place them away from too much heat.

Moreover, larkspurs can be poisonous when ingested, so keep them away from young children and pets. 


Water Lily: The Other July Birth Flower

Water Lily Official July Birth Flower 2

The water lily is another recognized birthday flower for July. Native to tropical and temperate regions in the world, the plant exhibits various forms and sizes that range from miniature species to giant water lilies. 

Like larkspurs, water lily flowers are significant in many cultures. In Hinduism and Buddhism, these long-lasting blooms are considered sacred and an important religious symbol. The flowers signify rebirth and resurrection because they close at night and reopen at the crack of dawn. Since the blooms emerge from the mud, they are also a symbol of enlightenment

Other meanings of water lilies include purity, beauty, creation, and divine birth

Water Lily Official July Birth Flower

Other Popular In-Season July Flowers

While both larkspurs and water lilies are readily available in July for the month’s birthday celebrants, other in-season flowers can qualify as the perfect gifting flowers. Here are a few examples.

Orchids

Orchids for July Birthdays

Orchids are undeniably beautiful, delicate, and one-of-a-kind ornamentals. They flaunt a unique form in varying colors and color patterns depending on the species and type, which makes them even more desirable. These exotic blooms symbolize luxury, love, strength, beauty, and masculinity.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas for July Birthdays

Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants both in gardens and flower shops because of their large flowerheads. You often see them in luxurious floral arrangements for weddings, birthdays, and other special celebrations. Many hydrangea flower colors are available, including blue, purple, pink, white, green, and red. They represent grace, beauty, and gratitude

Sunflowers

Sunflowers for July Birthdays

Another ornamental plant that blooms in July along with the July birthday flowers is a sunflower. The crowd-favorite flower presents many types and varying sizes, from miniature species to giant sunflowers. Regardless, they all flaunt the same bright and cheerful appeal that made sunflowers famous across the globe. These flowers often represent longevity, admiration, and loyalty.


Other Birth Flower Resources:

For further details on the meanings, symbolism of official flowers here are some of our favorite resources:

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