The Best January Birth Flowers (Including Pictures)

What better way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion than by buying the person of the hour a large bouquet of flowers.


If you want to make your gift even more special, why not buy them flowers that are associated with the month they were born in?

Knowing which flowers go with which month, however, can be tricky, but there’s where this article can help you. 

We’ve got all the information you need to shower those January babies with their birth flowers.

And if you find that your local florist has sold out of those blooms, we’ve even found some alternatives flowers that may come in handy. 

January Birth Flowers

Pink Carnations

One of the flowers for a January birthday is the carnation. Other names for these flowers include dianthus, sweet william, pink, and gillyflower.

This fragrant flower is available in an array of beautiful bright colors and blossom sizes. 

Typically known for their sweet fragrance and dainty ruffled petals, they are delicate in appearance.

However, these little flowers are among the longest-lasting cut flowers around so as dainty as they may seem, they are also very hearty. 

Pink carnations symbolize gratitude, making them the perfect way to say happy birthday to those closest to you.

White Carnations

Carnations have existed for over 2,000 years making them one of the oldest cultivated ornamental crops around. 

White carnations have a sweet-spicy scent to them, similar to clove. Their delicate smell is adored worldwide and thanks to their long blooming period, their fragrance can be enjoyed for longer periods.

White carnations symbolize a prosperous life, purity, and good luck. This makes them an ideal choice for a birthday gift or someone embarking on a new challenge in life. 

Red Carnations

Red roses are traditionally a symbol of love and romance, so if it’s your partner’s birthday, this color of carnation is a perfect gift to give.

Being able to blossom in the cold winter months displays the strength of this somewhat delicate flower. Throughout the winter months, the bright pop of a red carnation is also a welcome addition to any home.

With a history dating back thousands of years, these flowers are also considered religious symbols.

According to some reports, it is believed that the very first carnation bloomed when Mary wept for her son and her tears fell upon the earth.

Not only are these flowers perfect for a birthday celebration, but also Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day. 


Snowdrops are the second official January flower. Small and fragile, the snowdrop flower blooms during the winter months.

And you can often find large areas covered with white snowdrops between January and March. 

Symbolizing hope and rebirth, these delicate flowers act as a reminder that we are all capable of achieving great things in life if we put our minds to it. 

In the Victorian era, snowdrops were considered a sign of death and bad luck and so would rarely make an appearance in the home.

The reason it was considered bad luck is because of where it was often found – a cemetery. Since the Victorian era, it has evolved to represent sympathy and consolation.

Alternative January Flowers

Carnations and Snowdrops may be the official flowers of January, but there are plenty of other flowers in season during this month. 


You can find chrysanthemums in full bloom throughout the cold winter months and are incredibly long-lasting.

A popular addition to most bouquets, these flowers are available in huge white blooms or as the classic spray edition filler flowers that they are often used for.


These tall flowers are typically found in the color blue, however, these spike-like flowers are available in a variety of colors.

Such as purple, pink, and also white. Renowned for their rich colors, they are the perfect addition to any birthday bouquet.


Forsythias are known for their vibrant yellow color which helps brighten any cold, dark winter day. Commonly grown in gardens, these flowers are nicknamed the ‘Easter Tree’ and symbolise the return of spring.


These flowers have a powerful scent and are incredibly popular. Available in a small range of colors, including white, blue, and milky white, these delicate flowers have long been a staple in florist shops around the world. 

Ginger (Alpinia)

These tropical flowers are known for their striking appearance and larger than average size. They make a perfect addition to any flower arrangement and add a bright pop of color to any bouquet.

The leaves of this plant are irregularly striped in yellow and gold and help to make this flower a firm favorite with households everywhere.


You’ll have to be quick to catch this ‘Christmas Rose’ as it’s otherwise known as it has a very short life-span, however, it’s beauty is worth it.

This delicate flower is available in whites, red, pinks, and bi-colors and is a subtle yet gorgeous addition to any home.


These delicate blooms have a strong, instantly recognizable scent and are considered a firm favorite amongst flower fans.

They represent love and youthfulness so are a great gift to give your children on their birthdays or for special occasions. 

Narcissus (Daffodil)

These flowers are typically associated with Spring and are an instantly recognizable flower the world over.

This particular daffodil variety blooms in the winter months and adds a pop of color and joy to those dreary months.


Roses are a winter flower, something a lot of people are unaware of. This flower represents romance and is one of the most popular flowers to gift your partner with on Valentine’s Day.

They’re available in almost every color except for black and blue, and are a great option for a birthday present.

Strelitzia (Bird Of Paradise)

The Strelitzia is commonly called the Bird of Paradise thanks to it’s appearance mimicking that of a small bird. It blooms in January and thanks to its vibrant orange color, this flower brings life to the garden and home during the winter months.


Alongside roses, tulips are considered one of the most popular flowers across the glove. Commonly associated with the country Holland, these incredibly bright flowers are available in several colors.

Whether you prefer yellow, red, pink, or white, tulips are a simple yet beautiful flower to have in your home or garden.

For friends or family members with birthdays in January, a gift of carnations or snowdrops, or both, is the perfect way for you to show the love you have for them.

Alternatively, with so many winter flowers flourishing in January, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the many different colors and styles just waiting to decorate your home and bring life to those dark nights. 

Morgan Daniels