Carnations have been around for a very long time, even dating back to Ancient Rome. Its scientific name is Dianthus caryphyllus. In Greek, dianthus means “flower of the gods” or “heavenly flower”. It is believed that its common name (carnation) was derived from the word “coronation”. Much of this is speculation on my part, and I dare say, researching the origin of the carnation has proven to be very interesting.
Did you know that the charming and ruffled-edged carnation is considered to be one of January’s birth flowers? Indeed, it is! With delicate petals and a clove-like scent, they are celebrated on a variety of holidays throughout the year. One of the reasons they are so popular is because they come in a variety of colors, with flowers that tend to stay fresh for a long time. Simply put them in a vase of water, add a packet of cut-flower food, and you will be enjoying these beautiful blooms for several days!
In general, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. It seems that every color carries a unique and different meaning. For example, white carnations symbolize pure love and good luck. It is; however, the pink carnations that seem to hold the greatest significance. According to legend, the first carnation was created from the tears of Virgin Mary when Christ was crucified. Hence, many people believe pink carnations are a symbol of a mother’s undying love.
In today’s world, it is quite common to see carnations worn on Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to being the January birth flower, it is also the state flower of Ohio and the 1st wedding anniversary flower! If you have family or friends that will be celebrating a birthday in January, a bouquet of carnations would certainly be a wonderful gesture of love and best wishes. ♥