Flower of January: Carnation


Flower of January: Carnation
  • Posted January 1, 2014

What's in a Name:

Carnation comes from the Greek word "corone", which means meaning flower garlands, its scientific Genus name of Dianthus means “Flower of Love" or “Flower of the Gods".

History:

Carnations have been popular for formal ceremonies, joyful celebrations and expressions of love since at least Roman times. Since the 1600s they have been used to make a French liqueur known as Chartreuse.

Symbolism: love, fascination, and distinction

Did You Know:

  • In the Language of Flowers, some believe a striped Carnation says “I wish I could be with you." While others use it as a symbol of refusal!
  • Carnations are one of the oldest cultivated flowers.
  • Carnations make very long-lasting cut flowers
  • They are one of the easiest to grow flowers.
  • Most garden varieties have a rich, clove-like scent
  • The petals are edible, for a fun salad or dessert garnish

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Flower of January: Carnation