Birth Flower of February: Violets
Violets, the birth flower of February, speak of the tenderest beauty and infinite grace. If your loved one is born in February, honor them with the gift of a bunch of violets to celebrate their day.
Then, tell them the story of this intriguing flower.
Types of Violets
With over 500 species, violets are a very common flower. The two main types of flowers called violets are:
- the true violets
- African violets.
True violets have slender petals, while African violets have thick, fleshy petals.
African violets are typically grown as potted plants. True violets include sweet violets and bedding violets, also called violas. While African violets have shallow roots, true violets have very deep ones. The blue violet grows wild in many areas.
Although these two main types of violets are very different, they both are beautiful and would make an excellent gift for anyone with a February birthday.
Some of the most popular varieties of violets include:
- Field pansy
- Sweet violet
- Wild pansy (also called heart’s ease)
- Northern dog violet
- Downy yellow violet
- Western Canada violet
- African violets
Violets have been known for a very long time. Historians know that at about 500 BCE, the ancient Greeks grew violets. They used them for wine, which they called Vinum Violatum. They also used violets to sweeten foods, as herbal medicine, and as an ingredient in love potions.
In Christian lore, the violet was the flower that blossomed when Gabriel told Mary of Jesus’ coming birth.
Violets also have a place in many classic stories. In a Roman myth, the goddess Venus turned maidens into blue violets because she was jealous of their beauty.
More recent legend has it that St. Valentine used ink made from violets when writing love letters. When Napoleon adopted the code name Caporal Violette during his exile, the violet once again captured the imaginations of people around the world.
Violets have carried many meanings over the course of human history:
- When associated with Mary, they represent modesty and devotion.
- Early Romans used them as a symbol of remembrance and carried them to funerals.
- Violets can also mean innocence, faith, inspiration, protection, spirituality, and abundance.
- They’ve been used in many stories as symbols of a love so great that violets grew up spontaneously to mark the place where a true love died.
- In fact, the ancient Greeks considered violets a symbol of fertility and love.
Consider giving your loved one violets for their February birthday. They’re beautiful, different, and many have an appealing sweet fragrance.
Here are a few ideas for their special day.
- Give them a potted African violet to remind you of your love for months or even years.
- Make a mixed bouquet with violets and roses, the two flowers of love.
- Pick wild violets and arrange them in an attractive wicker basket.
Celebrate that upcoming February birthday with beautiful flowers. With violets, you can carry your message of true love, devotion, and tenderness to the one you love.