This post is part of a 12-month series exploring birth flowers. Start here for an introduction and for a full list of all months.
April showers bring May flowers… but April flowers are pretty fantastic, too! For those of you born in April, your gemstone is the diamond, your star sign is either Aries or Taurus, and your flower is one of the sunniest ones around: the ever-beloved and cheerful springtime blooms, the daisy.
April Birth Month Flower: The Daisy
Daisies get their name from the Old English “day’s eye”, since their petals open up at sunrise and close again at sunset. Daisies have long represented innocence and love, but like other flowers on this list, different colors can have different meanings.
White is a symbol of purity and innocence, yellow is for joy and friendship, pink for affection, and red is unsurprisingly meant for love and romance. A daisy shared between friends can symbolize a commitment to keeping a secret.
If your birthday is represented by the daisy, you share this flower’s happy nature. You have a cheerful personality, all sunshine and smiles for those lucky enough to find you. You’re also adventurous and optimistic, innocent and loyal – all qualities that encourage people to confide in you. And with the wisdom of the daisy closing its petals at sunset, you faithfully keep their secrets safe.
The Daisy Through History
There are myriad varieties of this cheerful flower, from Gerbera to Shasta, Ox Eye and more. Daisies are a sacred flower in Norse mythology, symbolizing love, beauty and fertility. Roses may get a lot of the credit, but daisies have long been the gift of choice for new mothers.
Records of daisies go back as far as 2200 B.C. It is believed that ancient Egyptians used them for medicinal purposes. Tea made from daisies has been used to treat everything from coughs to inflammation, and wild daisies have been applied to the skin as a wound treatment. You can, in fact, eat daisy leaves. They pack a punch of Vitamin C and are closely related to the artichoke.
Scientists have even found drawings of daisies carved in stones that dated back to at least 3000 B.C.
But most impressive of all, it is believed that dinosaurs walked among daisies! Evidence from fossilized pollen suggests that the Asteraceae family – which includes daisies, chrysanthemums and sunflowers – flourished a jaw-dropping 66 to 76 million years ago.
This ubiquitous flower has found its way into our language in so many ways that you probably don’t even notice. If you’re feeling particularly perky, you’re said to be as fresh as a daisy. When your child falls down, you can cheerfully lift her with an “upsi-daisy!”
And if you’ve ever linked flowers stem-to-stem to make a crown, then you’re already familiar with the phrase daisy chain – which is commonly used to denote connected signals and systems.
Want To Plant Them?
Daisies are a hardy wildflower that can grow anywhere from a garden to a meadow and even along roadsides with no help from us whatsoever!
Their sunny disposition makes them inherently fond of full sun. They’re fast growing, easy to grow from seed, and drought-tolerant, making them an excellent choice for your low-maintenance wildflower garden.
The earliest daisies will bloom in March and the latest around October, so you can count on enjoying these charming flowers for quite some time.
Daisies are also fairly pest-resistant. If you start with a healthy plant and keep them properly watered – don’t oversaturate and try not to let them dry out completely – then you should have a worry-free experience growing them.
The easiest way to keep them blooming for the long term is to deadhead flowers as they fade. Don’t be afraid to trim them off – the more you do, the more you will be rewarded with continuous blooms.
Bonus Flower: Sweet Pea
The sweet pea may be related to beans and legumes, but unlike its culinary companions, it isn’t edible. They’re native to Italy and the Mediterranean but they’ve been cultivated around the world in a variety of colors across hundreds of varieties.
Sweet peas symbolize blissful pleasure, good wishes, friendship, and even goodbyes. They have been a traditional gift for brides, as well as a way to express farewell gratitude after a good time.
If you choose the sweet pea as your birth flower, you’re a gracious friend and quick to spread kindness and gratitude. Whether you’re sharing a remembrance, letting someone you know you miss them, or telling someone they’re on your mind, you can be counted on to exude emotion.
In the garden, this climbing plant does well on a trellis, arch, fence or other structure. It has one of the most recognizable scents in the flower world, and like its name suggests, that scent is deliciously sweet.
Like their daisy companions, they prefer full sun, but be sure to water regularly to keep up their delicate appearance. Sweet peas prefer cooler weather so you’ll see them in early spring and then have to wish them a bittersweet goodbye until next year.
Did April’s birth month flowers resonate with you? How well do they represent your personality, or someone else you know who was born this month?
If you were charmed by your compatibility with either of these blooms, or simply want to enjoy the pleasure of them in your garden, let us know. Book a consultation and we’ll plan a space that includes all your favorites, so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors no matter the season.
Birth Month Flowers Introduction: What Does Yours Mean? (A Series in 12 Parts)
January: Carnations and Snow Drops
February: Violets and Primrose