Heralding summer’s apex, July has two equally important and gorgeous birth flowers. Those born in the hottest month of the year are lucky to choose between two July birth flowers. The first is the tall and graceful delphinium (also known as the Larkspur). The second is the enchanting water lily. So different in appearance, these lovely plants share a common symbolism of the heart. This makes them both the perfect heartfelt birthday gift for loved ones and friends.
July birth flower #1: Water Lily
One of Claude Monet’s favorite things to paint was water lilies. Water lilies have always had a certain romantic flair about them. This is reflected in their appearance and the name, which comes from the flowering plant family called Nymphaeacea. This name is derived from the word “nymph” (beautiful maidens in Greek and Roman mythology that lived in the seas, rivers, and woods). As such, it’s no wonder that water lilies are just as fairy-like and enchanting as their mythological counterparts.
Water Lily Meaning & Symbolism
With its ability to open each morning and close each night, the water lily is a symbol of life, purity and enlightenment. In Eastern culture, it represents unity. For Buddhists and Hindus, the water lily is an important religious symbol. Brides use water lilies in wedding bouquets to represent pure heart.
July birth flower #2: Delphinium
Delphinium, or larkspur, is the other popular July birth flower. Not surprisingly, the plant gets its name because its spur-like flowers look like dolphins. On the other hand, the name “larkspur” comes from the Tudors and references the bloom’s resemblance to a lark’s spur. According to Greek mythology, this July birth flower grew where the blood of a Greek hero Ajax spilled in the battle of Troy.
Interestingly, the entire plant is highly toxic to both humans and animals, but it’s used to make blue dye and ink. Larkspurs are also known as a protective plant for repelling snakes and curing scorpion stings.
Delphinium Meaning & Symbolism
A symbol of an open heart and strong bond of love, Delphiniums can carry different meanings depending on their color: from blue flowers signifying dignity and grace to purple symbolizing first love.
July Birthstone: Ruby
The sole birthstone of July, Ruby is the most valuable gemstone out there. Representing passionate love, energy and wisdom, this bright red stone has been considered the king of all gems since the ancient times. Back in the day, Ruby was the main gem to adorn royal crowns as well as armor because of its protective powers. People believed that Ruby possessed the power of life and brought good fortune to those who wore it.
Ruby birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for a July birthday. The 40th anniversary gemstone, ruby is a perfect romantic gift to represent the fire in the relationship that keeps burning year after year. Due to their red and pink hues, they are also popular in Valentine’s day jewelry and symbolize the passion and deep love.
Zodiac & Birth Month Flowers
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
While the July birth flowers may be the perfect gift for Cancerians, there are many other options. This sensitive and extremely emotional zodiac sign will be thrilled with any romantic gesture accompanied by a bunch of their favorite flowers. If you aren’t sure what their preferences in flowers are go for the classics. A delicate bouquet of pink roses, pastel colored tulips or snow white lilies will definitely put a smile on their face. Another easy way to break through you Cancer’s tough exterior is to give them a pampering spa gift basket.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
A fire sign, Leos can be described as passionate, ambitious, and faithful people. These born leaders known for their vibrant energy usually prefer bright and showy gifts and flowers. Arrangements in red, yellow, orange and purple which include daisies, sunflowers or exotic blooms will reflect their inner power and generous personality like no other.
When choosing a gift basket as a Birthday gift for you Leo, keep in mind that this dramatic zodiac sign would love to make a spectacle of the received surprise. Hampers overflowing with gourmet delicacies, fruit, chocolate and fine alcohol will be a hit with these majestic beings born in July.
So if you have a loved one born in July and are looking for a unique personalized gift idea, both dreamy water lily and elegant delphinium, as well as July’s birthstone will make a stunning surprise and make this birthday the one to remember. Of course it’s the thought that counts, but going an extra mile to make your recipient happy is the way to show your love and care.
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