August Birth Flower: Poppies & Gladiolus

The month of August has not one, but two beautiful birth flowers connected to the last full month of summer - the Gladiolus and the Poppy, which are said to stand for strength of character and imagination.

The gladiolus flower is sometimes referred to as the sword lily

because of its long, skinny shape. The nickname sword lily comes from its latin name “gladius” meaning sword and refers to the shape of its leaves. This flower is also known as the flower of the gladiators because in Ancient Rome gladiators would fight “to the death of gladioli.” The crowd would also cover the winner in colorful gladiolus flowers. The bloom can be found in many different colors, like red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and white.

The poppy is bright red and is worn on Armistice Day in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and France. It is a symbol of remembrance for those that lost their lives in World War I.

So, if you are celebrating a birthday this month, or know someone who is - here are two ideas to use flowers to brighten the big day.