December Birth Flowers

Poinsettia flowers are associated with December birthdays.

Poinsettia flowers are associated with December birthdays.

Chilly December is most notably home to Christmas, but for some it is home to another gift-giving occasion as well -- their birthdays. Though many flowers would likely find December a very inhospitable month, flowers that can be grown indoors, as well as those of the evergreen variety, can still be used to brighten a December birthday. If considering a floral gift for your December birthday celebrant, select one of the flowers most closely associated with this month.


As Christmas approaches, bold, red poinsettia flowers fill store windows and take up space on homeowners’ kitchen tables, making it no surprise that this flower is associated with December births. This flower is indigenous to Mexico and is sometimes referred to as Mexican flameleaf. In the wild, these plants can grow to 16 feet in height. The plant was introduced to the United States by ambassador Joel Roberts Poinsett, for whom it was later named . Because this plant represents good cheer and success, it is a fitting and meaningful way to wish a December birthday celebrant a year of good fortune.


Evergreen holly is a popular Christmas decoration and one of the flowers associated with December birthdays. This bold green plant with waxy leaves grows in bunches with vivid red berries at the center. This plant can thrive indoors as a potted addition to a room or can be integrated into a garland or a bouquet.

Paperwhite Narcissus

The paperwhite narcissus, one of the three flowers tied to this month, is a fitting flower for association with a December birthday because of its white hue. This snowy-looking flower is a relative of the daffodil family and features the same bold green stalks supporting tender blossoms as its relatives. This flower blooms well indoors, allowing it to thrive during frigid December. Send the December birthday celebrant a Winter Wonderland Bulb Garden, full of paperwhites that will bloom for four to eight weeks, from ProFlowers.

Narcissus Name Roots

The narcissus flower gets its name from an interesting myth about a man so struck with his own beauty that the gods ultimately punished him for this vanity. According to myth, Narcissus would spend hours gazing at his own reflection in the river and, in doing so, neglect his duties. As punishment, Apollo transformed him into a flower with its bloom facing down, resembling a figure staring ceaselessly into water seeking out his reflection.

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