The gladiolus is the August birth flower.
Gladioli are a striking flower that come in a whole host of colours, they can be considered as one of the most colourful summer flowers. They can be purchases in beautiful bright colours, fantastic petals of single or bicoloured blended blooms which appear on both sides of the long stem. The flowers come in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, cream and innumerable combinations of colour per flower.
The gladiolus symbolism is quite extraordinary, it has an extremely heroic meaning. The name comes from the Latin ‘gladius’, which means sword, referring to the sword-shaped leaves. The gladiolus is quite unusual in that it's flowers grow from a tall spike lined with sharp leaves
The flower symbolises strength, victory and pride and that meaning dates all the way back to Roman times, when gladiators in the arena literally fought to the death. When a gladiator won, he was showered in gladioli. Even today, cycle racing has the phrase ‘to the death or to the gladioli’ and participants in walking events are presented with gladioli at the finish line. Luckily we no longer need to take the first part of the phrase literally!
When offered as a gift, one of the gladiolus symbolises is said to be love at first sight - that the gift giver’s heart is pierced with love.
Gladioli are known to symbolise strength of character, faithfulness, integrity, infatuation, and persistence. Beyond these meanings, the birth flower for August carries other meanings that differ by colours;
Red gladioli symbolises - love.
Pink gladioli symbolises - compassion.
White gladioli symbolises - innocence.
Yellow gladioli symbolises - joy.
Purple gladioli symbolises - charm and grace.
The gladiolus are best known for their usual single flowers, however they can offer a double treat: There are both single flowered and double flowered varieties.
Do you have a friend or family member that has a birthday in August? These dramatic flowers can be made into a whole host of designs, with a selection of themes. In the hands of a skilled florist they can be made into a design as part of a cottage garden feel, or an ultra modern architectural design. That's the beauty of flowers they can be tailor-made for the individual. Speak with your local BFA member florist they'll be able to help you give the perfect gift.
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