Carnations Type

Carnations are flowering plants native to the Near East and have been cultivated for last 2,000 years. Its original color was pink but later grew to include red, yellow white, purple and green. Carnations, the national flowers of Spain, date back to ancient Greek and Roman times and were used in art and décor. Is scientific name "dianthus" translates to "flower of love" or "flower of the gods". Some people believe "carnation" comes from "coronation" used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Carnations are the birth flowers for those born in January. Their ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period captivate people, and in some countries, carnations are more popular than roses.



Carnation flower arrangements are a popular flower gift for almost any occasion. The versatile carnations, comes in a variety of colors and is basically a hardy flower making it a perfect choice for flower arrangements. Please follow the carnation flower arrangement care instructions to maximize the vase life of your flowers. Flower Arrangements need extra hydration as when the carnations flowers are in foam, they get less water than in a vase. So it is IMPERITIVE that you keep the foam moist at all times.

  • Carnations – The National Flower of Spain and the birth flower of those born in January, Carnations are among the most popular flowers world wide. The pink carnation is hailed as the symbol of mother's love and the emblem of Mother's Day. Carnations are hardy flowers that can last between 7-14 days if properly cared for.
  • Estimated Vase Life – 7 – 14 days
  • Meaning -  (pink) symbol of mother's love, (yellow) disdain, (purple) antipathy, (white) ipure and ardent love, (red) "Alas my poor heart."
  • Care Tip – When re-cutting the stems, cut just above one of the nodes that run up the flower's stalk. This will allow the stem to draw water more easily.
  • Arranging Tip – Carnations can be manipulated to take on an elegant look by massing them together in a tight bunch, or adding them to simple greenery.
  • IMPORTANT TIP – Carnations are very sensitive to ethylene gas, a naturally produced gas, released by fruits, vegetables and decaying floral material. Keep carnations away from ethylene producing substances.

Carnation Flower – January Birth Flower

Just as there is a birth stone associated with each month so is true of birth flowers. Carnations are the birth flower for the month of January. Carnation originated in the Near East  at least 200 years ago, and was originally only found in a light pink color. There has been debate as to the origin of the word carnation, some saying it came from the Latin word "carnis" which means flesh and referring to the original color of the flower while others believe that it comes from the word "incarnation" referring to the incarnation of God made flesh. Still others believe that "carnation" was derived from the word "coronation" and that it was used in early Greek ceremonial crowns. Carnations symbolize different meanings depending on the color of the carnations. Red carnations signify admiration or a deep sense of love. White carnations symbolize both pure love and luck, while Striped Carnations symbolize regret. Purple Carnations are said to indicate capriciousness while the ever popular 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.