Mums Floral Design

Katie Armstrong

The meaning literally translates to 'Flowers of the god' or 'Flowers of love'. The carnation flower, it is said, dates back 2000 years and more. The flower is characterized by the sweet clove like smell that it emanates and its ruffled appearance, along with having long-lasting abilities.

The scientific name of the carnation flower is Dianthus caryophyllus. It is a flower that is surrounded by mythology, symbolism and debate. Some suggest that the carnation flower derived its name from the word 'corone' which means flower garland or from 'coronation' because it was used in Greek ceremonial crowns. While others say that it is derived from the Latin word 'carnis' meaning flesh, because of its pinkish tinge, or the word 'incarnacyon' meaning incarnation.

Flowers have been used to signify several things for over centuries. They have a very important place and position in our society, as I have mentioned earlier in the article. They are used as a medium to express several things. Similarly, the carnations are used to signify several emotions. Carnations are worn on occasions of Teacher's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Mother's Day. Carnations are the official flowers of the state of Ohio. Along with that they are the first wedding anniversary flower. They are also the January birth flower. Now that we know the significance and importance set with the carnation flower, let's look at some of the meanings of its different colors.

Carnation Color Meanings

While the meaning in general, signifies virtues and emotions like love, distinction and fascination, it is very interesting to note that each of the several colors of the carnation flower signify a different meaning and association. Thus the carnation flower holds a different and unique meaning for all its colors.

Red Carnation Flower
The red carnation meaning is a symbol of being associated with admiration and friendship. At the same time a very bright red carnation flower could suggest deep love and affection.

Pink Carnation Flower
The pink carnation is considered to be the most significant flower among all the carnation colors. This is because it is believed that the pink carnation first bloomed from the Virgin Mary's tears as she wept for Jesus carrying the cross of his crucifixion. Thus these flowers symbolize a mother's undying love. Over the years it has even come to be associated with a woman's love.

White Carnation Flower
White carnations are symbolic of feelings of pure love, innocence, faithfulness, ardent love and good luck. They also signify gratitude.

Purple Carnation Flower
These flowers mean capriciousness. Meaning the ability to change according to whim. But the occasions on which these flowers can be or are given is unclear.

Yellow Carnation Flower
A yellow carnation signifies emotions of rejection, disdain and disappointment in someone.

Striped Carnation Flower
This flower is used when one wants to convey their refusal to someone.


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