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Carnations are January's Flower of the Month

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History of the Carnation

Carnations are one of the oldest known cultivated flowers.  During Roman times they were wore carnation as garlands.  In fact the root word of the flower is thought to be  and  "corone" the Roman word for flower.   As a result it is also the root word of "coronation." Carnations were used for centuries in important ceremonies. Of course the carnation is a perfect choice for  the January flower of the month.  Those who are gifted with carnations are celebrated, honored and remembered with these special flowers.

The carnation has also been thought to have earned its name from the Latin word caro,” meaning flesh, as the first carnations were peach and pink in color. They are also thought to be derived from the Latin word “incarnation,” meaning the incarnation of God in the flesh.

What Does The Carnation Flower Mean?

A carnations meaning depends on the circumstances and the color symbolism of the bloom, but there are some common meanings that apply to all carnations.

  • Love
  • Remembrance

Symbolism of the Carnation

During the Victorian era, a flower often sent a secret message to a suitor or secret admirer. A solid colored carnation meant the answer was “yes”. A striped carnation signified “I’m sorry, but I can’t be with you.” A yellow carnation symbolized “not interested."

In the United States, Carnations are the official flowers for Mother’s Day. They are still often used to celebrate big events like in corsages and boutonnieres for prom, weddings, graduation and other special events. The green carnation is typically worn on St. Patrick’s Day.

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