February Birth Flower:
Viola or Violet is the birth flower for February. It has five petals and symbolises faith. People with violet as their birth flower are strong willed and stay calm in the most troubling of situations. They are also highly original and take it as a personal affront to copy others. Mature thinking also characterises people with violet as their birth flower.
About the February Flower:
Violets are found mostly in Australia and the northern hemispheric countries. There are over 500 species and even though they are called violets, they come in blues, whites and yellows. Most of the species are different from each other and they grow throughout the year.
The leaves are heart shaped, green and are parallel to each other. The flower is five petalled, one pointing below and the rest on the sides.
Meaning of Name and Symbolic Meaning:
Violets are very sensitive and are called by many names such as pansies, violas and heartsease. Pansies have French origins and come from the word pensee, while violet comes from ‘vias’ which mean wayside, maybe because they tend to grow on the sides.
Since there are many species, they have different scientific names. For example, the Field Pansy is called Viola arvensis, the Sweet Violet as Viola odorata, the Yellow Pansy as Viola pedunculata and so on.
The meaning of the flower has an interesting history but has also changed over the years. In the Victorian era, a violet flower would symbolize total faith while a cream violet could mean there was a space to take a chance. The violet also stands for decorum and chastity.
- Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey are the states which have violets as their state flower.
- Scotland and some German speaking countries call violet as the ‘step mother’.
- The French called it pansies as the flower tends to look like a human face.