October 16: Split Reed and October 17: Single Reed
Reeds compose a group of perennial grass found in many wetlands located throughout the world. Stems of the reed stand from 2-6 metres with its leaves growing from 20 to 50 centimetres. Reeds also bear flowers of dark purple with size almost the same as the leaves. While this plant or grass is not given as a birthday gift when it is fresh, the products such as baskets and other items woven from it make beautiful birthday presents.
October 18: Rhododendron
The rhododendron is actually a very large genus of flowering plants containing over 1000 species, mostly bearing flowers that are in showy florescence. Various species grow as shrubs while others can tower to as trees to as high as 98 ft tall. Flowers grow in notable clusters and the colours may be white, pink, magenta, red, and purple depending on the species. Most species are associated with the symbolism for caution, warning, and danger because most of the species are harmful and toxic to animals and humans alike. Species like the azaleas are given during birthdays to symbolise fragile passion. In societies like the Chinese, these flowers symbolise womanhood.
October 19: Austrian rose
The Austrian rose or the Rosa foetida belongs to the large Rosaceae family. It grows thick during summer when various species spawns flowers of copper tones, purple hues, and pink shades. Flowers are very fragrant such that it has become a favourite inclusion in bridal bouquets. It usually implies the thought that the bride is the only one that is lovely to the eyes of the groom. When given as birthday presents, it conveys that the recipient is the apple of the eye of the giver.
October 20: Rose campion
Mainly cultivated as an ornamental plant, the rose campion is known in the botanical community as Silene corona. It belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family along with the carnations. This flowering plant is a native of Europe and Asia. To flower growers and other flower enthusiasts, it is also known as Dusty Miller and Bloody William. The widely-grown species bears flowers of neon pink. Other species such as the alba grows white flowers while the atronsanguinea has dark red flowers. Whatever colour the flower may be, they are best used as garlands and given to people who are considered champions of your lives.
October 21: Ranunculus
The ranunculus is composed of about 600 species of flowering plants mostly bearing bright yellow or white flowers in five or six petals. Some species produces flowers in red or orange colours. When given as presents especially in birthdays, it conveys the message that “I am astonished by your charms.” Ranunculus is also known as Coyote’s Eyes.
October 22: Red primrose
Derived from the Latin word primus meaning first, the primrose is usually translated as the flower of first love. Other meanings associated with it include courage, renewal, and devotion. While the red primrose is a birth flower for October, there are other colours of primrose that can be used to create beautiful arrangements. Other popular colours of primrose include white, yellow, pink, and purple.
October 23: Polyanthus
The polyanthus also belongs to the same genus as the primrose. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably as there are a lot of similarities between them. Flowers are also available in colours of red, pink, white, yellow, and purple. Regardless of the colours, the polyanthus is generally associated with the meaning “pride of the riches.”
October 24: Plane tree
The plane tree grows to as high as 50 cm tall and bears flowers of either pale yellow to yellow-brown. Male and female flowers thrive in a single tree, but the male flowers fall off after being pollinated. The female flowers soon grow into achenes and forms aggregate balls. The plane tree is widely grown for ornamental purposes especially in spacious backyards and roadsides. It is also utilised for its timber. The plane tree can be presented as a gift in a bonsai state or in potted form while still young. The plane tree symbolises intelligence, magnificence, and shelter.
October 25: Indian pink
Known by the scientific name Spigelia marilandica, the Indian pink or the Wooodland pinkroot belongs to the perennial wildflower family of Loganiaceae. This flowering plant grows an average of 2 ft. Flowers are commonly red and yellow as opposed to its name implying the colour pink. In fact, no single species has been found bearing pink flowers. The pinkroot is mostly used in arrangements intended for sacred functions. When presented as birthday gifts, they can imply the recipient is kept sacred in the heart of the giver.
October 26: Larch
The larch is a coniferous tree of genus Larix under the Pinaceae family. It is mostly utilised in flower arrangements for its foliage. Nonetheless, it also bears flowers called strobili attached to the male conifers. According to legends, the smoke from a burned larch is said to drive off evil spirits. Flower arrangements that have larches as the foliage used can mean that the recipient is wished of a blessed day.
October 27: Peppermint
The peppermint has the scientific name Mentha piperita. The plant grows to an average of 30-90 cm. Flowers are purple and measures 6 to 8 mm appearing with four-lobed petals. The flowers are widely utilised for nectar production while the whole plant is reported to have significant medicinal properties. The plant is better presented in the form of products that are produced from its parts such as bubblegum, ice cream, confectionery, soap, and shampoo. Peppermint is associated with purification, healing, and relaxation.
October 28: Osmunda
Osmunda is a fern and is mostly used as foliage in floral arrangements. This fern grows thickly in noticeable golden colour, thus, others used to call it as the flowering fern. Osmunda is also used for the cultivation and propagation of various types of orchids. For this reason, many floriculturists commonly combine orchids and osmunda in their flower arrangements. When presenting flowers with osmunda as the foliage, the whole arrangement can carry the meaning that the giver always dreams of the recipient.
October 29: Ox-eye-daisy
The ox-eye-daisy has a legend rooted in Celtic myths. According to stories God wanted to cheer up parents of dead children. To do this, the spirits of the dead children were scattered all over Earth and grew into ox-eye-daisies. Anchored on this legend, the flowers have become associated with innocence. Prominent colours of ox-eye daisy flowers include white, pink, and yellow.
October 30: Parsley
The parsley is often cultivated for its culinary use. Many wonderful dishes are made mouth-watering and aromatic by several leaves of parsley. This biennial plant grows flowers during its second year. The flowers are usually purple, yellow, white, or green depending on the species. If you want to present parsley as a gift, it is recommended to give dishes that have it as an ingredient. Do not forget to garnish the dishes too.
October 31: Common Nettle
The common nettle was mainly attached to be a symbol of punishment because of the stinging sensation that develops in the part of the skin that touches the plant. However, its formic acid content makes it a useful medicinal plant. Flowers of the nettle are commonly white, pink, and purple. Modern meanings associate the plant with relief.
Now that your list of birthday flowers for October has been completed, you are now ready to make a list of persons dear to you who are celebrating their birthdays this month. Do not forget to present them with gifts that use their birth flowers, foliages, and produces.
If you missed the first part, here is a quick link to the birth flowers, foliages, or produces from October 01 to 15.The entire article can be found at http://florist2thailand.com/2011/09/30/quicklist-of-birthday-flowers-foliages-or-produces-for-october-first-part-of-two/.
If you want the assistance of an online florist in preparing gifts with these birth symbols, you can contact Flowers Thailand.
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