The carnation has a bit of a tendency to be overlooked. But it shouldn’t be! This versatile bloom actually holds quite a few honors in the floral world – for instance, it is the official birth flower of January, kicking off the new year. Not only that, the carnation is one of the most popular flowers to send when a baby is born; and often is the most obvious presence in memorial arrangements. Carnations pair well with nearly every flower, and are often found as one element of a larger bouquet. Considering how the carnation is a part of our lives from beginning to end, it deserves a bit more recognition!
Legend links the carnation to many important figures and traditions in history, as well. Its botanical name, dianthus, literally translates to flower of the gods; thus named because its common name was derived from coronae, the floral garlands worn by greek gods. Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Madonna with the Carnation” immortalizes the flowers association with the Christian tradition, which says that upon witnessing her son suffering on the cross, Mary’s sorrowful tears turned to carnations as they hit the ground. To this day, pink carnations still represent a mothers undying love; and the flower is considered the official bloom of Mother’s Day
Carnations are edible, although we do not recommend eating this floral birthday cake – instead, consider sending it to all of your loved ones for their January birthdays. For all your floral needs this year, we hope you will consider Port Charlotte Florist – from Englewood to North Port, no one sends more flowers for more occasions. Call us today and let us send some carnations – or any other flower – to those you love.