Flower of the Month February: Iris, Violet, and Primrose

Musings of a Florist
January 26, 2023

The month of February is unique not only in the number of its days but also sets itself apart by having not two, but three birth month flowers. Irises are typically found in dry, rocky areas and the most common varieties have a ‘beard’, which is usually a different color from the rest of the flower petals. In fact, irises come in such a wide variety of colors that the word iris in Greek means ‘rainbow’.

If you ever come across the exceptionally rare black iris, consider yourself very lucky, as this birth month flower is notoriously elusive.Violets are thought to represent loyalty, wisdom, faith, and courage. Their flowers typically have five petals and come in a variety of colors, including white and yellow. With over 500 species of violets, they are the perfect flowers for the winter season as they survive cold temperatures well.

As one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, primroses symbolize youth and new beginnings. They would make a great gift for a new friendship or an encouraging gesture for someone embarking on a new venture or chapter in life. Primroses typically flower in clusters and their blooms usually appear after 1.5 years. With a lifespan of anywhere from 10 to 48 years, they have a long lifespan.

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