6 Fun Facts About the August Birth Flower
The birth flower for August is the Gladiolus. It implies that all the people born in August share this sword-shaped flower as their birth flower. The August flower has almost 260 species, out of which 250 species originated from sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the species are native to Europe and Asia.
1. Origin of name
The name Gladiolus has Latin roots and comes from the Latin word “Gladius” which means a sword. Hence, the birth flower is named after its sword-like shape. The other common names are “Sword Lily” and “Gladiola.” The word Gladiator also has its origins from the same Latin word.
2. Physical appearance
The Gladiolus plant is an attractive all-year herb and is easy to grow. The plant grows unbranched stems which produce long, narrow and sword-shaped leaves. It bears beautiful flowers with both sepals and petals, termed together as, “tepals.” The August birth flower Gladiolus is found in many colors like pink, red and yellow.
3. Symbolic Meaning
The Gladiolus symbolizes a strong character and focus. It also signifies remembrance, dedication and devotion towards family. Back in the Victorian era, the flower signified “love at first sight.”
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