Carnation Flower History
The carnation is also known as Dianthus
caryophyllus or Chinese pink.
The carnation traditionally celebrates fascination
and admiration, although different colors
of the carnation
flower convey different meanings.
White carnations, for example, wish "good
luck," while red
carnations denote passion, and pink
carnations portray reminiscence or a mother's
love. Striped carnations, on the other
hand, are said to signal refusal.
These single flowers have a long stem of
18-24 inches that supports many petals also
seen in green, yellow, frosted, and multi-colored.
Legend has it that the first carnation was the
earthly manifestation of Mother Mary's undying
love for her son, Jesus, resultant from
a tear splashed upon the ground under the
flowers are in season year-round to
help commemorate a wide array of emotions.
These flowers, after all, are the
stuff boutonnieres are made of. Carnations
are also not difficult to grow at home.
There are over 300 varieties of Carnations Dianthus because hybrids occur naturally due to cross-pollination in the wild. Carnations can be grown from seed planted indoors or in the garden and will also fill out a container beautifully. Carnations like to be in well-drained soil and full sun. Annual varieties are most common while Perennial varieties should be mulched like crazy but are typically hardy. Neither flowers until the second year, but it's easy to forge their multi-blossomed stems into a single long-stem carnation. As with many things of beauty and intrigue, Carnations are poisonous if ingested.
Carnation flowers celebrate a rich history indeed.
They can be traced all the way back to Greek
ad Roman times. More recently, the
British National Carnation Society was established
in 1949 to celebrate this wonderful flower.
The BNCS is the offspring of the National
Society for Exhibition of Carnations
and Picotees, which was founded in 1850!