Carnations : Flower of the month of January
We don’t use carnations very often, however as you can see on these pictures, arranged as balls they look awesome! Here are a few fun and interesting facts about this birth flower of January.
The Carnation, whose botanic name is Dianthus caryophyllus, is really a plant that originated in the Near East at least 2000 years ago. It was originally only found in the popular light pink color, however today it has been cultivated into many other colors including red, purple, green and yellow.
Because of their low cost, carnations are the flower given most often in a boutonniere or in a corsage for a teenager’s high school prom, homecoming or other dance. They are also given to mothers on Mother’s Day, this allows for the children to have big assortments without breaking their budget.
Each color of a Carnation has a different meaning.
- Light red symbolizes admiration
- Dark red symbolizes a deep love
- White symbolizes both pure love and luck
- Striped Carnations symbolize regret.
- Purple Carnations are said to indicate capriciousness.
- Green Carnations are used predominantly on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Pink Carnations are said to be a symbol of a mother’s undying love, going back to biblical times when Carnations sprang up out of the ground where the Virgin Mary’s tears fell as Jesus was carrying the cross.
The scarlet Carnation is the state flower of Ohio, chosen to honor assassinated president William McKinley, who was normally seen wearing it.
\Fun and interesting fact: At Oxford University, it is customary to wear a Carnation to an exam. White Carnations are worn to the first exam, red to the last, and pink Carnations to every exam in between.