August Birth Flower
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POPPY - GLADIOLUS

The gladiolus, or ‘sword lily,’ represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. Gladiolus indicates that the heart is being “pierced with love.”

The other August flower is the poppy: a red poppy signifies pleasure; a white poppy is given for consolation; and, a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.
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The gladiolus, or ‘sword lily,’ represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. Gladiolus indicates that the heart is being “pierced with love.”  

The other August flower is the poppy: a red poppy signifies pleasure;  a white poppy is given for consolation; and,  a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.
Poppy flower meanings include sleep, dreams, imagination, sacrifice, remembrance, regeneration, and luxury. There are 120 species of poppies, and they have a nearly global range, from the icy tundra to the blazing desert. Hence, the poppy appears as a symbol in the cultural mythologies of people around the world. In this post, you’ll learn about commonly shared poppy symbols, including color meanings. In addition, you’ll learn about the poppy as a symbol in art and literature as well as its spiritual connotations.
The poppy’s symbolism is double-edged: it stands for sleep and repose, but also for intoxication and death. Each of those poppies in the Flanders fields is the soul of a departed soldier, and in The wizard of Oz, Dorothy is lulled to sleep by a sinister field of these flowers. And yet it’s hard to think of this dark side when you see acres of nodding scarlet poppies on the railway embankment during your morning commute. They’re not just red, either: think of the glowing orange California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, or the extraordinary Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia.
The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and poppy. The gladiolus is sometimes referred to as the sword lily because of its long, skinny shape. The bold bloom can be found in an assortment of colors including red, pink, orange, yellow, purple and white and it’s a symbol of strength of character, remembrance and sincerity.

The poppy is known for its bright red color. It is worn on Armistice Day in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada and France, as a symbol of remembrance for those that lost their lives in World War I. The poppy also symbolizes imagination.
Gladioli have a unique long and pointed shape. Because of their shape, they are named after the Latin word “gladius”, meaning sword. In Rome, gladioli were associated with gladiators. Some say that gladiators wore gladiolus corms around their necks during battles to help them win and protect them from death. Because of their association with gladiators, the gladiolus flower meaning is strength and integrity.


They also symbolize infatuation. By giving a gladiolus to someone, the giver sends the message “you pierce my heart” to the receiver, because of the flower’s pointed shape. Another gladiolus meaning is remembrance.
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