Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Birth Flower

The Sword Lily

The gladiolus aka Sword Lily is the birth month flower of August, bringing luck to all births in August. Symbolically this flower signifies remembrance, infatuation, and strength of character. Its name comes from Latin's "gladius" meaning "sword" for its sword shaped leaves. Thus the other name used--SWORD LILIES.

This flower has also represented the Roman gladiators who carried swords. In mythology, there are many tales told of gladioli springing from blood shed by a sword.

Grown between July and September, the gladiolus require full sunlight and are easy to grow like the rose. For this reason and because of its stunning beauty, these flowers are extremely popular in cultivation, hybridization and floral arrangements. A tall stalk of flowers branching come in a rainbow of colors--(yellow, orange, red, white, pink, purple, etc.) are the best way to describe the gladiolus. 

Gladiolas are versatile and can be used creatively. Some may associate them as the funeral flower. However, they are used in large wedding arrangements and event displays because of their elegance.

Some medicinal uses are to cure common colds, diarrhea, painful menstruation, and constipation.

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