August’s Birth Flower – The Gladiolus

Tall and majestic, August’s birth flower – the gladiolus – captures the essence of warm summer days. The playful ruffled leaves of the trumpet-like flower feature striking combinations and patterns of color – from delicate pastels to vibrant reds and purple.

Blooming during July and August, the gladiolus flower looks impressively statuesque in any floral arrangement. From birthdays to anniversaries; as professional flower gifters, Russian Flora knows that this floral bloom is a versatile choice for any special occasion. Though you might have already fallen in love with August’s birth flower’s stoic beauty, there are many interesting facts about gladiolus that will help you get to know these beautiful blooms even better. Scroll below to discover more!


What Does the Name Gladiolus Mean?

Gladiolus, also called “sword lily” has roots not only in the ground, but also in history. In ancient Rome people saw the resemblance between the long, blade-like leaves of this bloom and a gladiator’s sword, and gave the flower the name we still use today. It even became a symbol for Roman gladiators and has come to represent victory, honor and strength. After each battle the spectators would shower the winner with gladioli flowers.

August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus Varieties

Native to South Africa and Asia – The gladioli became known in the West in the late 18th century, when large quantities of these exotic blooms were imported to Europe. Originally derived from only seven species, there are now thousands of cultivated varieties and hybrids that exist across the globe. Coming in all sizes, types, patterns and colors, they mix very well with other spring and summer blooms. The gladiolus is a complement to every garden and curated floral arrangement out there. 

What Do Gladiolus Flowers Mean?

With August’s birth flower, you do not need to include a card because the flower itself sends a message to the recipient. Since ancient times people have believed that the gladiolus’ shape and its pointy leaves were able to pierce the heart of a loved one. They were the favorite flowers to give if you wanted to reveal your romantic feelings and make a declaration of love. With time gladioli have come to represent loyalty, honor and remembrance. But no matter what your sentiment, these striking blooms are sure to make a great statement.


Gladiolus in Cup

More Gladiolus Flower Facts:

Whether you’re an August baby seeking to deepen your connection with your birth flower, or simply intrigued by the botanical wonders of the world, we have a list of interesting facts about the Gladiolus that is sure to leave you captivated. 

  • Do you know the plural for gladiolus? Both gladioli or gladioluses are correct. You can even call them “glads” and still have it right.
  • Some parts of the gladiolus plant are poisonous and may cause skin irritation or allergies. Yet, in England it was often used for medicinal purposes, such as extracting splinters and soothing colic pain.
  • A famous English singer and songwriter Steven Morrissey was known for his love for gladioli flowers. During his time with The Smiths he used to perform on stage with the blooms in his hands or back pocket.
  • Gladioli are used not only in birthday bouquets meant for those born in August, but also in various summer arrangements. They are also very popular flowers for weddings, especially 40th wedding anniversaries.

Beyond Flowers: What is August’s Birthstone?

If flowers just aren’t for your loved ones, or if you need more inspiration, look no further than the August birthstone. August is the latest month to claim two birthstones – Sardonyx (original birthstone for August) and Peridot (the most popular one).

Peridot is one of those rare gems that come just in one color. The signature lime green hue of this oldest known gemstone was regarded as the symbol of the sun since ancient times. It is believed to bring the wearer royal dignity and power, holding magical and healing properties.

Sardonyx is the second birthstone for August. Relatively common and affordable, this attractive gem with distinctive reddish zebra-striped pattern has been a favorite since ancient times. Unlike most rare gemstones that were only affordable to the rich and noble, sardonyx was available for everyone.

Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection. It is associated with bravery and happiness. Giving somebody jewelry with sardonyx is believed to bring the wearer good fortune.

Any jewelry with these gems is certainly a lovely birthday gift. But you can also use them to inspire color themes in gifts. Bright flower baskets, or red striped cakes can echo the gems without being quite as obvious.

Zodiac & Birth Month Flowers

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Passionate and aspiring, Leo is known for its strong energy and inner power. Usually quite generous people, Leos love to give and receive showy gifts. They prefer vibrant colors and bright flowers. Birthday bouquets featuring hues of red, orange and yellow reflect the personality of this Zodiac sign like no other. Spectacular sunflowers, gladioli and various exotic plants will make a great Birthday gift for Leos. But don’t stop here. Lavish gourmet gift baskets, featuring yummy delicacies, fruit, sweet treats and spirits will turn your wild lion into a snuggle kitten.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Don’t let a reserved intellectual Virgo trick you. Like any other zodiac sign they love attention, care and gifts. In contrast to the vibrant personality of a Leo, Virgos are quite modest in nature and would prefer small thoughtful gifts rather than extravagant surprises. Subtle colors and delicate flowers are what they prefer in bouquets. As they themselves have a tendency towards perfectionism and simplicity, airy hydrangea, stylish orchids or soft tulips are the flowers they will enjoy the most.

International Flower Delivery: How to Send August’s Birth Flower to your Recipient

In a world that’s becoming increasingly interconnected, distance doesn’t have to translate to detachment. Long-distance relationships have become a norm, bridging the gap between friends, family, and lovers across the globe. At times, a heartfelt gift can express emotions that words alone can’t convey. That’s where Russian Flora steps in , ensuring your gestures of love span continents.

With a wealth of experience, we’ve mastered the art of delivering your flowers to more than 200 countries, effortlessly crossing borders and time zones. Whether it’s a heartfelt ‘thank you,’ an ‘I miss you,’ or simply a just because gift. Russian Flora can deliver your message along with a burst of nature’s beauty in just 1-3 business days. So, why let distance dampen your emotions when you can let flowers deliver your unspoken words and feelings. 

When it comes to choosing custom gifts and flowers for those born in August, your deeper knowledge and understanding of the connection between birth flower, birthstone and zodiac sign will ensure your surprise reflects the personality of the recipient and leaves them completely captivated.

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