A SPECIES OF: Pink
ALSO KNOWN AS: Clove Pink and Mini Carnation
BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus Caryophyllus
SYMBOLISM: Carnation flowers also have a ton of symbolism and meanings. In Christian lore, it was said that carnations sprouted from the ground where the Virgin Mary’s tears landed as she watched Jesus carry the cross, forever associating the flower with motherly love.
In general, carnations represent fascination, distinction, and love.
White carnations symbolize purity and good luck.
Red carnations symbolize love, admiration, and passion.
Pink carnations symbolize gratitude, care, and a Mother's love.
Purple carnations symbolize capriciousness.
DESCRIPTION: Dianthus Caryophyllus is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 2.5 feet tall. The leaves are glaucous greyish green to blue-green, slender, up to 6 inches long. The flowers are produced singly or up to five together in a cyme; they are around 1.2-2 inch diameter, and sweetly scented; the original natural flower color is bright pinkish-purple.
NAME STORY: Carnation: Some scholars believe that the name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone" which refers to the flower garlands, as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others think the name stems from the latin "caro" or "carnis" in genitive level which refers to the original color of the flower. Others believe it comes from incarnatio which refers to the incarnation of God. The scientific name for the carnation flower is “Dianthus caryophyllus”. In Greek, dios means Zeus or God and anthos means flower. So the literal translation is “flower of the gods” or “heavenly flower.”
INTERESTING FACTS: While they might not be the most delicious things in existence, carnations are often used as an edible decoration/garnish on salads, cakes, and other desserts. In addition, breweries, distilleries, and wineries also sometimes use carnations as a flavoring agent.