Every month of the year has a birth flower, whose characteristics are said to represent the character of the person , who is born in that month. The April birth flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea.
Belonging to the Daisy family of Compositae, & known now as Asteraceae in the flowering plants, daisies are native to central and north Europe. They are perennial bloomers, which means they bloom yearly. The plant grows in a prostrate fashion. It can be easily propagated either by sowing seeds in spring or late autumn or by division in the spring season. These beautiful flowers are known to last up to several weeks when they are placed in fresh water with appropriate amount of exposure to sunshine.
The daisy conveys innocence, loyal love, as well as, purity. It also happens to be a flower given between friends to keep a secret. This flower literally means “I’ll never tell.”
The other April flower is the sweet pea. While sweet peas represents blissful pleasure, on the other hand they are also used for the purpose to say good-bye. Insects such as flies find the sweet pea’s fragrance offensive and will leave its environs in a hurry. So in a way it is also used to say good bye to such pests.
The word daisy originates from “daeges-eaye” or “day’s eye” from Old English. This is due to the fact that it opens & faces the sun & closes at the day’s end. This flower symbolizes childhood innocence, which is why it is often depicted in the movies with children running through field covered with daisies. Even though the daisy is one of the prettiest flowers, it can be somewhat of a nuisance to farmers. This is because the daisy acts as a weed, over crowds the crops and over power the fields, as insects can spread its pollen with ease. However, daisies have practical uses as well. Its leaves and petals are actually edible. It can also be brewed as a tea in order to sooth sore throats, as well as, stomach aches.
They are often used as corsages for weddings, as well as, other romantic events and are an excellent choice for arrangements and flower vases. When they are used in floral arrangements, daisies go well with almost every other kind of flower. White daisies make excellent fillers. They are used to create a dramatic look alongside other colorful flowers. The common daisy has astringent properties which is often used in traditional medicines. Certain types of daisies are also known to have medicinal properties. It could give relief from indigestion, cough and can even heal wounds. They act as important form of nutrition for worms and cattle. This flower is rich in vitamin C and other minerals.
This flower has a history of being related to romance & love. The famous “she loves me, she loves me not” technique where people pluck out the petals to tell love’s fortune was said to be first used with the daisy. So if your loved ones have birthdays on April, it is an excellent idea to gift them with these flowers. Getting them is also very easy with all the online flower delivery services that have come up across India.