Alternate Birthflower Ponies
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Alternate Birthflower Ponies

This page was created as a resource on the Alternate/Variant Birthflower Ponies. It came to my attention as I was collecting the set that there is actually quite a bit of 'misinformation' floating online between those who collect and those who are curious about them. I hope this page will help clear up any questions you might have about this rare and beautiful set of Birthflower Ponies. Below you will find detailed pictures of each of the twelve Birthflowers, their symbols, and their eyes. This will help confirm any doubts you might have about the given features of each pony. So . . . on with the show!

US Mail Order Birthflower Ponies

The Birthflower Ponies were first offered as a US mail-order set of twelve ponies, all of them white with magenta hair and purple eyes. Each pony was distinguished by the flower symbol corresponding to the birth month. All of these ponies were in the traditional collector pony pose (or, as some refer to it, the 'forward shy pose') and had a colored symbol. They were only available in years 3 and 4, or from late 1984 to mid 1986. Currently, they can be found at various online auction houses (i.e. eBay, Tradera, etc.) and are not particularly hard to find. They generally range in price from $5-$20, depending on condition.

Alternate/International Birthflower Ponies

The Alternate -or International- version of this set of ponies was made only available in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark. (If you ask me, this was a very dumb move on Hasbro's part, as the alternate set is vastly more appealing than the original set, but alas). The Australian versions were sold on a vertical card like most ponies, but the Danish/Nordic ones were sold on a horizontal card. They were available from 1986 to 1988, about two years beyond the US Mail Offer. (Note: Only loose ponies pictured here belong to my collection. MOC pics have been donated by other collectors).

The most obvious difference between the Alternate and US versions is the prevalence of bright colors with the Aussie/Danish versions. The ponies retain the collector pony pose and symbols but are different in almost every other way. They also have shorter, straight hair, as opposed to the longer curly locks of the originals. All of them have the same color blue eyes. Those who were sold in Denmark also had Danish names, but as I don't speak Danish, I'll leave the translations to those who do.

Rarity & Value

These ponies are very rare and extremely difficult to find- in any condition. When they do appear they sell anywhere between $100 USD and $300 USD or more. These rare ponies appear on eBay about once in three months. It is safe to say that each year witnesses the auction of less than half the set. Carnation is the easiest to find of the lot and sells for around $100. There was one on eBay recently (April 2005) which sold for $117. Also recently auctioned (September 2005) was an Australian Morning Glory in very good condition that sold for $180 USD, while Daisy also sold in the same month for $246. Even when in less than mint shape, they command a hefty price: a Water Lily with a mohawked mane and symbol rubs sold for over $150 (December 2005). A pair of Water Lily and Chrysanthemum sold at the higher end for over $600 (February 2006). Cosmos, one of the more popular Birthflowers, sold for alomst $300 in April of '06 on eBay, which is definitely at the upper end for her. Violet is the most difficult to find of the lot and will sell for $250 minimum (she sold for $255 on eBay in Dec '05), though she has been known to sell for considerably higher, upto $400 if MINT. The others range in rarity and price, but will usually go between $150 and $225. Cosmos, Water Lily, Lily of the Valley and Chrysanthemum are somewhat easier to find; Daisy, Rose, Holly and Morning Glory are more rare and sought after. I've never seen a Poppy for sale anywhere so it is safe to suggest that she is probably just as hard to find as Violet. I've also never seen Daffodil for sale anywhere, but there seems to be less demand for her so she sells for slightly less than the others. Daisy and Lily of the Valley were both recently auctioned MOC, an exceeding rarity, for $324 and $214, respectively. Of course, all such rankings and pricing vary from one collector's experience to the other and are meant to serve as a general gage of what to expect. Another collector who has the whole set of Birthflowers is songe-d-automne who has watched over Birthflower auctions and offers over the last six years. She ranks them in rarity (from the most common to the hardest to find) as the following: Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cosmos, Morning Glory, Chrysanthemum, Carnation, Daisy, Water Lily, Daffodil, Holly, Violet, & Poppy. Granted, they are all *rare* and hard to come by, but some are definitely easier to find than others.

Where to find Them

Since these ponies are so hard-to-find and rarely appear on eBay (or even the German eBay, the best way to find them is through other collectors- sometimes you'll come across a collector who has a double or is looking to sell and this really is the best way to find Alternate Birthflowers. You do have to be persistent and be constantly checking and posting want ads, but you should ultimately find what you are looking for. It also doesn't hurt to establish contacts in Australia, Denmark, and Sweden who can keep a look out for you in the local markets. There have only been three sightings of these girls on eBay in the last 12 months, so your best resource is definitely other collectors. They are your friends and comrades- USE THEM!!!!

These Front and Back MOC pics of Lily of the Valley are courtesy fellow collector ferferner (Thanks Jen!!!). As you can see, the card is in Danish, is horizonatlly designed (w/ a resting Peachy in the corner) and a special offer inside for a Peachy charm from the My Little Pony "fan-Klub". The back of the card is rather plain looking with the symbols of each month featured and listed in Danish. The card is not dated.

The Birthflower Ponies

Carnation (January)

Carnation is white with pink hair. Her symbol is a bright pink carnation with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. As stated above, she is the easiest to find of this group of ponies, and a lot of times she goes unnoticed in lots because she looks pretty similar to the US Birthflowers. Still, she's one of my favorites from this set!

Violet (February)

Violet is pinkish mauve (like the Adult Sea Pony Sea Breeze) with aqua hair. Her symbol is a purple violet with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Violet is very sought after and is also the rarest of the set. Be prepared to look long and hard for her and if and when you do find her, be prepared to make generous offers! She's a real beauty!

Daffodil (March)

Daffodil is another one of the rarest of this already rare set. She is white with aqua (not blue!) hair. Her symbol is a yellow daffodil with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. I have to admit that I wasn't as excited about getting her as I was about some of the others, but she is really adorable. One of my faves!

Daisy (April)

Daisy is pinkish mauve with yellow hair. Her symbol is a golden daisy with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Daisy is one of the hardest to find of this set, especially in good condition (no marks, blemishes or haircuts!) but she is also probably the prettiest of the set, in my opinion.

Lily of the Valley (May)

Lily of the Valley is sea green with yellow hair. Her symbol is a white lily of the valley with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. She is probably the second easiest to find of the set and has even been sighted as a MOC pony. Frequently she is referred to simply as Lily or LOTV.

Rose (June)

Rose is one of three monochromatic Birthflower Ponies- she is pink with pink hair and looks like a darker version of Cotton Candy. Her symbol is a dark pink rose with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. She is one of the harder to find Birthflowers and is on many want lists, and it's not hard to see why. She is also my birth month pony which only makes her more special!

Water Lily (July)

Water Lily is yellow with dark red hair. Her symbol is a bright orange water lily with a green lily pad. Her eyes are blue. I don't know if it's just mine that's like this, but Water Lily seems to be the tallest of the Birthflowers, albeit by just a little. She's one of the more common ones but still tends to sell close to $200.

Poppy (August)

Poppy is blue-green with aqua hair. Her symbol is a white poppy with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Poppy is very difficult to find, especially in good condition. I have never seen one for sale on the auction block, but she has been sighted in a few collections. Don't tell the others, but she is my favorite of the set. There's just something very unique and magical about her! She's one of the ultimate My Little Ponies, in my humble opinion.

Morning Glory (September)

Morning Glory is blue-green with white hair. Her symbol is a blue morning glory with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Morning Glory is slightly harder to find than some of the others, though she seems to be a more common find in the Nordic regions than anywhere else.

Cosmos (October)

Cosmos is yellow with yellow hair. Her symbol is an orange cosmos with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Like Water Lily, she stands a little taller than the others. She's one of the more easy-to-find members of this set, though she frequently has several things wrong with her (haircuts, body blemishes, etc.) If you have a minty one you'd like to sell, please contact me at

Chrysanthemum (November)

Chrysanthemum is pink with dark red hair. Her symbol is a yellow chrysanthemum with a green stem. Her eyes are blue. Chrysanthemum is also one of the more common Birthflowers. A very pretty, unique looking pony.

Holly (December)

Holly is sea green with white hair. Her symbol is three dark magenta/purple holly leaves with three green berries. There is a rumor that there exists a variant Holly with a different colored symbol, but as this has never been seen nor confirmed we are left to conclude that it was probably just a discolored/faded symbol, or at best a factory error (which I guess would make it some kind of variant). Holly is also one of the rarest of this set.

UPDATE: The variant Holly has been confirmed and spotted in an auction from New Zealand. She has the same symbol as the regular Holly but the colors are reversed. Instead of purple leaves and green berries, she has green leaves and purple berries. Her picture appears below. If this is your picture, please let me know and I will put your name on it.

Hair & Body Features

One of the things that is striking about the set is that even though there are 12 ponies, there are only six colors used for the bodies, so half the group has the same body color as the other half.

Carnation (Jan) and Daffodil (March) are both (obviously) white. Interestingly enough, their bodies are more of an opaque white than the white US Birthflowers. They also have much harder bodies than the other ponies. You can barely bend the legs or squeeze the torsos of Daffodil and Carnation; they are made of a more solid plastic. It's almost as though they were hard sealed in an extra layer of white. Weird, huh?

Violet (Feb) and Daisy (April) are both the same light pink/mauve color as well. Violet is often characterized as being a greyish-lavender, but stand her next to Daisy and you can see that they are in fact the same color. Still, what a pair of pretty ponies!

The same goes for Morning Glory (Sept) and Poppy (Aug). Morning Glory is frequently described as being a pale blue, when she is actually the same blue-green color as Poppy. I think the fact that these ponies have very different hair colors skews this when we look at them.

Cosmos (Oct) and Water Lily (July) are both bright yellow.

Rose (June) and Chrysanthemum (Nov) are both the same shade of pink, which incidentally is the same color as some Cotton Candys.

Lily of the Valley (May) and Holly (Dec) are both Sea Green.

The other feature of these ponies that is frequently misunderstood is their hair. Only five colors are used for the manes and tails of the Alternates: Pink (Carnation and Rose), Aqua (Violet, Daffodil, and Poppy), Yellow (Daisy, Lily of the Valley and Cosmos), White (Morning Glory and Holly) and Deep Moondancer Red (Water Lily and Chrysanthemum). Sometimes you will hear hair colors described as 'blue' or 'golden yellow'- this is not the case. Blue hair is the kind found on Firefly, Majesty and Tootsie. Aqua (the color of the Birthflower manes) is the same as that you find on Banana Surprise, SS Cupcake and SHS Frilly Flower. There is a noticeable difference. Golden Yellow is the color of TAF Dancing Butterflies. If you put her next to Daisy et al you will see that their hair is the same yellow as Applejack. So, without further a due . . . .

The Aquas

The Blondes

The Redheads

As far as I know, these are the only other ponies besides Moondancer to have this deep red hair color.

The Whites

The Pinks

If there is any information about these ponies that you feel is missing or incorrect, please contact me at I want to make sure that this resource is as accurate and comprehensive as possible. I hope this site will be useful for those looking to learn about the Alternate Birthflower Ponies. And before you ask, sorry, but none of them are for sale. I can provide you with contact information if you are looking to buy. Thanks and remember to have fun while you're collecting!

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