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Initially carnations were cultivated only in pale pink or peach colours. But after years of cultivation, there are a wide range of colours found in carnations.

Each colour symbolizes some meaning

  • Pink: believed to have born out of tears of Virgin Mary, when Jesus had to carry his cross- thus symbolizing Pink Carnations as the purest and undying form of love- one felt between a mother and her child.
  • Light red carnations: for affection
  • Dark red/ Crimson Carnations: love and passion
  • White carnations: innocent love
  • Green carnations: St. Patrick’s Day
  • Striped carnations: denial and remorse
  • Yellow carnations: displeasure and glumness

Besides these commonly found colours, carnations can also be seen in Orange and Black hues. And, probably it is one of those rare flowers which are used to express not just positive and loveable feelings, but also feeling of gloominess and rejection in a subtle way. Thus, adding to its wide appeal.

Types Present

There are many kinds of carnations found these days, three of most prevalent types are:

  • Dwarf flowered carnations: is a variety of carnations, which has many small carnations growing on a single stem.
  • Large Flowered Carnations: has one big carnation flowering on a single stem.
  • Spray Carnations: a bunch of smaller carnation flowers all on the same stem.

Flower structure

There are about 5 petals found in a single carnation flower, with colours varying between the ranges of shades from purple to pink. There is also a variety of carnations, called Border Carnation which may even have double flowers that means that there can be up to 40 petals in a single flower.

The average flower diameter for a garden variety ranges from 6 to 8.5 cm. The tips of carnation petals are fringed or asymmetrical in shape, thus giving is a more ruffled look, which adds to the exotic charm of the flower.

These flowers are bisexual, as a result of which they can bloom within a forked or branched cluster by it. Thus, it is comparatively easier to grow carnations, as they do not require having separate delicate saplings made for their cultivation.

Since these flowers, either growing individually or in a bunch, they tend to become heavy thus weighing their stem down, so it is required to provide continual support to them, to make sure that the stems grow straight and strong.

Ever been to a florist with the mind of buying a bouquet of roses, but while standing there, just laid eyes on carnations, and you were hooked! That’s the beauty of carnations. Carnations one of the most widely recognised flowers, with its clover scent, eternal beauty and lasting freshness it’s no surprise that people have been using this flower to convey their deep-rooted feelings.

History & Etymology

8952The scientific name of Carnations is Dianthus Caryophyllus. Dianthus is the name coined by Theophrastus, a Greek botanist, and the name is an amalgam of two different Greek words – “dios”, which is a reference to Greek God Zeus, and “anthos”, which translates to flower. So the meaning of carnation translates as “Flowers of God”. The word carnation in itself has a Latin translation referring to the incarnation of God, in flesh.

Thus, these flowers have a very romantic and divine feel about them; right from their name to their appearance and fragrance.

Historically, carnations found their reference in ancient Greek literature dating as back as about 2000 years. It was one of the ceremonial flowers used by Greeks in their crowns and other ornaments. Affluent Greek females wore accessories made of carnations as a symbol of their prosperity and purity.