All You Need to Know About Carnation Flowers

The carnation flower, scientifically known as Dianthus Caryophyllus, the “heavenly flower,”  is one of the world’s oldest flowers with a history stretching back nearly 2,000 years.  Widely recognized and respected around the world, carnation flowers are native to the Mediterranean region and are available all year round.  While a ruffly appearance is common to the carnation flower, they are also widely available in nearly every imaginable color from the original bright pink and peach to red, yellow, green, white, and purple.

Carnations are the official flower of Mother’s day and in some cultures around the world are even more respected than the venerable rose.  They are also often seen on St. Patrick’s day, Teacher’s day, and is the official state flower of Ohio and the country of Spain.  In addition, carnations are the birth flower for  those born in the month of January.  Because of their wide availability, sweet fragrance, modest price, cheerful and colorful appearance carnations continue to remain a highly popular flower.

Carnations meanings’ typically vary according to color:

RED – love and affection

WHITE – purity and good luck

PURPLE – capriciousness

PINK – gratitude and happiness

YELLOW – rejection or disdain

GREEN – homosexuality (also worn on St. Patrick’s day)


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