While roses might get the most attention during this month (they have Valentine’s Day to thank for that!), it’s the Violet that is honored to represent February birthdays and today we’re shedding a little light on the whimsical little floral.
Around for hundreds of centuries, this purple-hued flower was first cultivated by the Greeks around 500 BC.
According to Greek mythology, the violet was born from one of Artemis’ nymphs, who was being followed by her twin brother, was magically transformed into a violet and in turn, became a symbol of modesty.
As history proceeds, the violet would eventually be portrayed in Christianity, often representing the modesty of the Holy Virgin Mary.
Dipictured in countless religious works of art - religious and non - the violet has evolved to portray spiritual wisdom in addition to faithfulness and humility.
Violets signify faithfulness and loyalty and when gifted they allow the bearer to give the receiver a promise of their fidelity and that they will always be true.
Despite often found blue, yellow, white and cream, the violet is the most recognizable in its namesake coloring: violet.
There are over 500 species of violets including the not-to-distant pansies, a related hybrid plant with similar petal coloring.
With bright coloring and fragile petals, the violet was often used during medieval times by herbalists seeking healing properties - in addition to sweetening wine.
With distinctive, heart-shaped petals, it comes as no surprise that violets were once used in love potions.
For more inspiration head over to our Pinterest Board dedicated to February's birth flower or if you have any close friends of loved ones who are celebrating a February birthday, indulge them with one of our artificial violet plants or arrangements for a permanent touch of florals.
Please note all imagery featured is purely inspiration and not a product of Nearly Natural.