Carnation Nation

Carnations are the birth-flower of January. According to and the Farmer’s Almanac, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Depending on color, they have different meanings. With a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, it’s not surprising that carnations are rich with symbolism, mythology and even debate. While some scholars suggest that their name comes from the word “corone” (flower garlands) or “coronation” because of its use in Greek ceremonial crowns, others propose that it’s derived from from the Latin “carnis” (flesh) referring to the flower’s original pinkish-hued color or “incarnacyon” (incarnation), referring to the incarnation of God-made flesh. White: White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Red: Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. Green: Green carnations are for St. Patrick’s Day, of course! Pink: Pink carnations typically symbolize a mother’s undying love.

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